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Floating helipad suggested for Boston’s seaport district

The city's seaport district

A city councilor is floating the idea of constructing a floating helipad in Boston’s seaport neighborhood.

“There are some discussions now about the potential for a floating heliport and or something further on down near the waterfront area that potentially could accommodate that,” Boston Councilor-at-Large Michael Flaherty said Friday on Herald Radio. “I don’t want to see a floating helipad that is rinky-dink. If we are going to do it, let’s be the envy of other folks around New England.”

The potential construction would be part of the city and state’s efforts to help General Electric move its headquarters from Connecticut to the city’s innovation district, though officials reportedly stressed that it would not be exclusively for private use.

Flaherty said he was hopeful that noise pollution would not be a problem for surrounding neighborhoods, in the event that the project moves forward.

“If we can keep the helicopter pilots to the defined route of travel which is hopefully not over the neighborhoods, seeing where the route of travel is where they are coming from the south, coming from the north, and coming from the west,” he said.

Flaherty mentioned that another potential location under discussion includes the Dewey Square tunnel, where I-93 and the Mass Pike intersect.

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