The city’s controversial boatyard plan has been a discussion at Planning Board meetings for weeks. And after another 3 hours of discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting, board members decided to delay voting on the issue until next week.
Most board members agreed that the agreement, which would grant Building and Land Technology city land to build a boatyard at Magee Avenue, could not be passed as is.
“The agreement should have no mention of fireworks, animal shelters, parks, displacing the sea scouts, reconfiguring buildings, or anything else,” says alternate Planning Board member Jay Tepper.
“The list of what I could agree with compared to the list of what I disagree with were miles and miles apart,” says Planning Board Chairwoman Theresa Dell
The board came up with a list of terms to add to the agreement. But it was then decided by a 3-2 vote that the agreement would not be passed with the last minute revisions. Instead, the changes would be submitted to the city to negotiate a revised plan with BLT.
“I am unhappy with this lease,” says Planning Board member Claire Fishman. “I don’t think that it can be patched up, I think it needs to be redone right from scratch.”
“There’s just so much negative in the licensure agreement that I feel if we make these recommendations and approve it on the recommendations that we make, it’s no longer the licensure agreement that’s sitting in front of us,” says Dell. “The license truly needs to be more specific.”
The board is set to make a vote Tuesday after the city and BLT review the recommendations.
Approval of the license agreement granting BLT city land for the Magee Avenue boatyard would make way for the developer to build a facility for Bridgewater Associates at the city’s old boatyard site; which was demolished by BLT in 2011. In return, BLT would make $5 million worth of improvements to the city, including the construction of a new animal shelter at its current site at 201 Magee Avenue. Planning Board members were in agreement that bringing Bridgewater Associates to the city would be beneficial, but some did not believe the company should be built at the city’s old boatyard site.
Below are some of the revisions the Planning Board drafted for the agreement:
* The animal shelter be moved to a different location and not re-built in its current location at Magee Avenue.
*With the availability of additional land due to the relocation of the animal shelter, the license agreement boundary be redrawn to maximize the land for boatyard purposes, preserve nearby buildings, and save land that may be needed by the Water Pollution Control Authority.
*BLT pay 100% of the cost of a new animal shelter (in the original agreement, the city was to contribute some of its own funds for the project).
If the Planning Board passes the agreement, it would still need several other approvals to be in full effect, including the green light from the Board of Finance and Board of Representatives.