Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – March, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met March 19 to hear the presentation of Massport’s annual State of Hanscom report by Sharon Williams, Director of L.G. Hanscom Field Airport.  Current airport/airfield development projects and routine monthly air noise/air traffic reports are also discussed.

Massport Projects Expected to Impact Bedford in 2020-2023

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) heard the Annual State of Hanscom Report presented by Sharon Williams, Director of Massport’s LG Hanscom Field at their March 19, 2019 meeting.

Williams revealed an estimated timeline for a number of airfield ramp, taxilane, taxiway, and runway repaving/construction projects that will impact some Bedford roadways and neighborhoods between 2020 and 2023.  She stated that these projects are likely to be scheduled during summer and/or fall months and would probably take place during normal business hours for periods of 60 to 90 days at a time.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission ~ Short Takes ~ February, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission met on February 19 to discuss Hanscom Field developments and the monthly air noise report with Massport representatives and tour the new Boston MedFlight facility at 150 Hanscom Drive, near the Civil Air Terminal building. Topics included firefighting at Hanscom Field; North Airfield development; noise monitoring; air traffic; a bill proposed by Rep. Stephen Lynch to allow “the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the health impacts from planes, potentially laying the groundwork for a class action lawsuit,” according to the Boston Herald; local representation on Massport’s CAC executive board; Massport’s communication with the Attorney General in response to Bedford rezoning the Navy hangar parcel.

Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) Heard Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) members met at the Lincoln Town Hall in January to hear a presentation describing recent initiatives for the six major state military installations by John C. Beatty, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.

HATS community representatives also shared updates from their respective towns.

Massport’s North Airfield Development Inches Forward

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

At the January 15 HFAC meeting, Massport Hanscom Airport Administration Manager Amber Goodspeed gave a tentative timeline for the T-hangar project as it inches along toward reality at Bedford’s North Airfield:

Moving Forward After July 30 Special Town Meeting Zoning Changes are Disallowed by the AG

By Julie McCay Turner

Margaret J. Hurley, Assistant Attorney General Chief, Central Massachusetts Division, wrote to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay on February 1, 2019 to notify the Town that Warrant Article 3, the initiative to rezone the Navy hangar parcel from Industrial A to Residential C, voted at a special Town Meeting on July 30, 2018, was disallowed upon review.

Staking Bedford’s Claim for a Seat at the Table in Future Navy Land Divestiture Discussions

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

“We’d rather make sure we have a seat at the table, and we’d like to have the only seat at the table, at least initially…” Bedford Selectman Michael Rosenberg told the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Military Asset Security and Strategy Task Force, Mr. John C. Beatty, during the January 24, 2019 Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) meeting.

Rosenberg was referring to the potential divestiture of the long-closed Bedford Naval installation occupying 30 acres of Hartwell Hill, just north of Hartwell Road and across from a 16-acre parcel of Navy land. That parcel along with an associated hangar, was recently divested by the Navy and sold for $9,040,000 at public Government Services Administration (GSA) auction to an unknown bidder for an as yet undisclosed purpose

Navy Hangar Auction Resumes ~ Closing Date Now Set for January 31

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

When the federal government shutdown began on December 21, Bidder 6 in the GSA auction for the divested US Navy Hangar occupying a 16-acre parcel along Hartwell Road led the bidding at $9,020,000, and the end date was changed to ‘TBD’ so that the auction didn’t end during the shutdown.

North Airfield Development in Bedford ~ Environmental Assessment

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Massport and the consulting firm Epsilon Associates issued a 135-page Environmental Assessment for development at the North Airfield in Bedford on September 26, 2018. In addition to project descriptions and dimensions, charts, and maps, the Epsilon report includes letters of concern from the Town of Bedford, along with residents’ comments.

Highlights from the Final 2018 Meeting of the Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS)

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The guest speaker for the last HATS (Hanscom Area Towns Committee) meeting of 2018 on November 29th was Col. Chad Ellsworth, recently installed Commander of the 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom Air Force Base. In addition to updating HATS Committee members about several Hanscom Air Force Base development projects and traffic mitigation issues (please see https://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/2019/01/hats-an-update-from-col-chad-ellsworth/), the Colonel also spoke about other important news.

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