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GE's Move to Boston Could Bring Helipad



    A Helipad in South Boston?

    Boston officials are considering a proposal to build a helipad or heliport somewhere in the city. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016)

    If you have a helicopter, you might be able to park it in Boston one day.

    The city council has scheduled a public hearing to review a proposal that would construct a helipad or heliport somewhere in the Boston. It's part of a deal struck with General Electric, which has plans to move its headquarters from Connecticut to Boston.

    As part of an incentive package, state and city leaders offered GE the space to create a commercial helicopter pad with 24/7 access for the company.

    "We need to know more about where they're looking to put it," said City Councilor at Large Michael Flaherty.

    GE's new offices would go in the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston, which has resulted in concern from local residents about a helicopter pad going nearby. Councilman Flaherty said while the city wants to work with the company, they also want to ensure flight patters don’t disrupt people on the ground.

    "If they're willing to be flexible, I'm sure we can put our heads together and try to find an appropriate location," he explained.

    The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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