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August 13, 2015 – Wicked Local Weymouth, By Bradford Randall

WEYMOUTH – For 55 years, Naval Air Station South Weymouth operated as a fully functioning airfield until the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommended the station shutter operations in 1995. The facility was fully closed in 1997 and, for several years afterward, was plagued by stalled efforts to redevelop the site.

Since 2011, SouthField’s 834 acres has been the focus of developers and politicians alike, all seeking to make the former U.S. Naval air station a viable part of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland. Efforts to push SouthField’s development forward came to fruition in 2014 when state legislators overhauled legislation governing SouthField.

An old Navy structure in SouthField
SouthField’s newest residents walk and jog the sidewalks in the shadows of old Navy structures, which serve as omnipresent reminders of the past. Wicked Local Weymouth took the opportunity to document some of SouthField’s abandoned buildings at the former Navy base Thursday, August 13, 2015 before they are lost to the arc of history. (Wicked Local photo/ Bradford Randall)

In 2015, the former Navy airfield has undergone rapid changes. Construction is underway for additional housing on the property, new athletic amenities are being built and a film crew has moved in for the production of “Ghostbusters 3,” a movie starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig by Columbia Pictures.

While development continues at SouthField, abandoned structures from the World War II era—when the base was first commissioned--still litter the grounds. The buildings await abatement for contaminants like asbestos before they are demolished.

All of the buildings pictured lie within the boundaries of Weymouth.

SouthField’s newest residents walk and jog the sidewalks in the shadows of these structures, which serve as omnipresent reminders of the past. Wicked Local Weymouth took the opportunity to document some of SouthField’s abandoned buildings at the former Navy base Thursday, August 13, 2015 before they are lost to the arc of history.

Related:

  • View Wicked Local Weymouth’s full gallery of Naval Air Station South Weymouth photos here.

 

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