The city won't build GE a helipad without scrutiny from the City Council. On Wednesday, the council formally votes to approve at-large Councilor Michael Flaherty's proposal for a hearing on the city's proposal for a public helipad somewhere closer to GE's impending Fort Point headquarters.
In his hearing request, Flaherty notes this is not the first time somebody's proposed a helipad in the years since the city's last one was shut in 1999 to make way for the South Boston convention center:
Establishing a helipad would likely lead to an influx of helicopters to the area, which would impact noise, air pollution, and safety concerns in our neighborhoods; and, plans to construct a helipad were halted in 2008 after strong neighborhood opposition.
State and local officials have begun actively identifying potential locations to place the helipad without public input.
Leslie Jones helipad photo from the BPL's aviation photo collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.