Three Developers Submit Bids to Construct Aviation Facility off Hartwell Road ~ No Details Yet

December 22, 2021

The Massachusetts Port Authority has received three proposals from developers for construction of a major aviation facility on up to 29 acres of land on Hanscom Field just south of Hartwell Road.

Monday was the deadline for submitting proposals; the original deadline was Nov. 18.

Jennifer Mehigan, Massport’s director of media relations, said the proposals “are currently under review to make sure they meet all the qualifications. That review is expected to continue into January.”

The project was first announced at the end of August. Requests for proposals did not define the objective as a fixed-base operator, but the details included many of the components of that facility.

The site abuts Hartwell Road across from The Edge Sports Center playing fields and continues behind Werfen, the former Instrumentation Laboratory.

The document lists permitted uses as including “the selling of fuel to aeronautic public, storage, servicing, maintenance of aviation aircraft, general office use for aviation-related communications, operations, support, training, and administrative functions, and tenant employee areas.”

The report on responses to the RFP also was shared with members of the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission at their virtual meeting Tuesday.

Amber Goodspeed, director of airport operations at Hanscom, said that she cannot legally provide any details while proposals are being evaluated.

Asked by Bedford Select Board member Emily Mitchell what will unfold following the review of the proposals, Goodspeed replied that she has not been given a schedule.

Mike Rosenberg can be reached at [email protected], or 781-983-1763

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