HATS – An Update from Col. Chad Ellsworth

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Col. Chad Ellsworth, Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base (HAFB) since August 2018, addressed the final 2018 meeting of the Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS).

Traffic mitigation is always a major topic of conversation at HAFB. It is especially pertinent now because of anticipated increases in local road traffic due to the arrival of hundreds of new personnel, as well as the current and planned construction projects on the Base.

Massport’s North Airfield Developments ~ Hanscom Field Advisory Commission

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Attendees at the December 2018 Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) meeting learned that business terms regarding construction of the new North Airfield corporate hangar and storage T-hangar facilities are still under discussion at Massport. The final proposals are expected to be presented to the full Massport Board early in 2019.

Bedford Starbucks Enhances Role in Community to Provide Military Family Support

Submitted by: Mark A. Venuti

Many customers of Starbucks in Bedford may have recently noticed changes in art work inside the store displaying a military theme. In honor of Veterans Day – on Monday afternoon, November 12, 2018 — the Bedford Starbucks was dedicated as the company’s 52nd Military Family Store.

The purpose and perks of a coffee shop are to provide a community center by bringing together all members of the public. Through this Military Family Store concept, the Bedford Starbucks will enhance that community feeling by furthering the relationship between the town of Bedford residents and the Hanscom and Veterans Administration communities.

‘Groundhog Day’ and Bedford’s GSA Auction?

By Julie McCay Turner

Late on the morning of December 14, the high bid for the GSA auction of the surplus Navy hangar at the edge of Hanscom Field along Hartwell Road stood at $8,790,000, after a pair of $10,000 bids advanced the close to Monday, December 17.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission Update – November 2018

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) members met November 20, 2018, at 7 pm in the Civil Air Terminal to discuss the Massport monthly air noise and traffic report, as well as developments on Hanscom Field.

The meeting was chaired by Bedford Selectman Michael Rosenberg. Also in attendance were Christopher Eliot, the citizen representative for Lincoln; South Lexington Civic Association representative Margaret Coppe; and Bedford resident and helicopter pilot, Thomas Hirsch, of the Hanscom Pilots Association. Hanscom Airport Administration Manager Amber Goodspeed and Airport Data specialist Kassandra Marin spoke on behalf of Massport.

Navy Hangar Bid Tops $8M ~ Will the Auction Close on Tuesday?

By Julie McCay Turner

At the close of business on Friday, November 30, the high bid on the surplus Navy hangar at the edge of Hanscom Field along Hartwell Road, stood at $7,170,000 with the auction scheduled to end early on the morning of Monday, December 3.

Spirited bidding by two bidders saw the high bid advance from $7,200,000 to $7,510,000 before 8:10 am on Sunday, December 2, extending the close date to Monday, December 3. Further action today, December 3, took the top bid far higher — to $8,020,000 — with two bids of $250,000 from the same bidder.

Auction Bid Now in Excess of $7M

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Active bidding on Monday, November 27, raised the high bid in the GSA auction for the surplus naval hangar located along Hartwell Road at the edge of Hanscom Field, with the final bid of $6,650,000 placed at at 6:27 Central Time.

Further bids on Tuesday brought a new high:f $7,110,000.

The Six Million Dollar Bid

By Julie McCay Turner

The GSA auction of the Navy hangar on the Bedford side of Hanscom Field opened with Bidder 4 taking the lead with a bid of $5,200,000 at 7:24 Central Time (CT) on Tuesday morning, November 20.

After a rapid-fire series of 7 bids, Bidder 6 became the high bidder at 1:43 pm (CT)with a new high bid of $6,110,000, an increase of $910,000 in less than 7 hours.

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