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Volkswagens galore at former air base

Diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that VW bought back from consumers sit in the parking lot of the Pontiac Silverdome on August 4, 2017 in Pontiac, Michigan. Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt pleaded guilty on August 4 in US court to charges stemming from his role in the "dieselgate" emissions-cheating scandal that has rocked the German automaker. Schmidt, who led the German automaker's US regulatory compliance office from 2012 to March 2015, will be sentenced at a hearing in early December and faces a maximum of seven years in prison on the two remaining charges of fraud conspiracy and violating the US Clean Air Act. / AFP PHOTO / JEFF KOWALSKYJEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images
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Diesel Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that VW bought back from consumers sit in a parking lot in Pontiac, Mich.

Almost 2,000 recalled Volkswagens at a time are being stored on 10 acres at Union Point, the mixed-used development at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station, according to Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund.

Hedlund said Volkswagen approached the town about storing cars that were bought back from dealerships as part of the company’s emission scandal. Volkswagen admitted circumventing the emission control systems in hundreds of thousands of cars to avoid complying with US pollution rules.

It’s expected that some of the cars will be repaired and resold, and the storage area will be used for at least a year, Hedlund said.

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He said Volkswagen is putting 180 cars on each acre. The cars are lined up in rows in a huge fenced area in what LStar, the developers of Union Point, hope eventually will be a commercial district with more intensive use.

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Hedlund said that Weymouth doesn’t have specific bylaws about car storage, but that town officials were concerned about traffic congestion and Volkswagen voluntarily agreed its car carriers would not use Route 18 in Weymouth to access the site.

Rockland officials, however, have complained about the large vehicles using its local streets.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.