Now that GE has nailed down a site for its headquarters, there’s another question that needs to be settled: Where will the helipad go?
That’s still being worked out, said Boston economic development chief John Barros. The city plans to build a helipad, but it won’t be located on GE’s 2.5-acre headquarters campus along Fort Point Channel.
That’s because the helipad needs to have public access, said Barros in an interview after GE’s “Welcome to Boston” celebration Monday evening. It won’t just be used by the executives of the industrial conglomerate. Other companies will likely use it, too.
“It needs to be a public helipad,” Barros said. “We need to find a location with true public access.”
That could be a piece of a surface lot, or the top of a parking garage, Barros said. And city officials have looked at sites both in the Seaport and downtown.
Wherever they choose, it’s likely the helipad will be paid for with public money. Much of the $145 million incentive package that city and state officials offered GE to move to Boston comes in the form of infastructure financing. And what says “infrastructure” for a the modern industrial corporate headquarters quite like a helipad?