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Boston helipad will most likely land on South Boston pier

Platform tied to GE headquarters

The city and the state have picked a South Boston pier for the first public-use helipad in downtown Boston in 16 years. The landing platform at the city-owned pier behind the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is tied to General Electric’s future Fort Point headquarters.

As for the mechanics of the actual helipad, that remains ... up in the air. Per Jon Chesto in the Globe: “Options include building on the pier; a floating barge next to the pier; or an adjacent property controlled by the Massachusetts Port Authority.”

Other details, including the construction timetable and the cost, are still undecided as well. Officials do estimate that the helipad could accommodate up to 20 flights daily.

A task force will look into the project—and reconnoiter with residents nearby—and report back to the city and the state by mid-January.