Six Flags New England coaster faces more delays

Posted Friday, April 4, 2008 11:42 AM | Contributed by Ajrides

Six Flags New England officials met yesterday with officials of the state Department of Public Safety in Boston, primarily to review the project's plans for emergency exits and a fire suppression sprinkler system. With the Planning Board and Conservation Commission already having approved the revised plans, OKs from the state and the Zoning Board are the only hurdles left for the plans to clear before Building Inspector Dominic Urbinati can issue a building permit for the project.

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Monday, April 7, 2008 12:25 PM
Why haven't the other parks that are installing the same ride had similar problems? Is the gov't just giving them a hard time now because of the permit issues or are the planning and development people at SFNE just that inept?
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Monday, April 7, 2008 1:02 PM
Soggy's avatar Naw, it usually just takes one official with an attitude to put construction projects of any kind to a crawl, or a grinding halt. It does seem odd that the other same/similar constructs have had no problems whatsoever.
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Monday, April 7, 2008 3:23 PM
rollergator's avatar Can't help but think this is a local issue with SFNE. Reminds me of the parking fiasco. I think Soggy hit it, and there's probably a local politico who's trying to make a name for himself. In Chicago and NJ, at least you KNOW who needs to be paid off.... ;)
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Monday, April 7, 2008 3:51 PM
Mamoosh's avatar Let's not forget The Station nightclub fire in nearby Rhode Island in 2003...I'm sure that plays a part in tighter-than-normal fire safety & exit plans.
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Monday, April 7, 2008 5:48 PM
Jeff's avatar My guess is that there are some nuances that the architect didn't consider for one building going up in several states. That's still no excuse to not have the permits before you start building though.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2008 2:06 PM
In general, the northeastern states have stricter codes and zoning regulations to deal with than other parts of the country. Local municipalities can also add their own requirements which may be stricter than state codes. A regional or national business really has to do its research before constructing facilities in different states. What worked out west or down south may not cut it up here.

A lot of retail chains, restaurants, etc. have a hard time when they try putting up a "one size fits all" building in PA or other NE states. More layers of bureaucracy to deal with and a lot of places generally have a bias against further (or any) development. Many people who sit on these zoning boards and planning commissions act like the town is their own little kingdom and they love telling people what to do, especially a big corporation.

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Monday, April 14, 2008 3:06 PM
Well, according to the photo update from newsplusnotes blog, it looks likes it's still happening. By Memorial Day though? Ah, no. He heard from several people it's more like July 4th.
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