Officials putting finishing touches on plan to raise rents and provide public access
IT HAS TAKEN THREE YEARS, but state officials are finally putting the finishing touches on a plan to start charging yacht and boat clubs fair rents for the public land they are leasing.
The plan, mandated by the Legislature three years ago and currently under review by the state Inspector General, would grant long-term leases to the 31 clubs while also requiring them to pay more in rent and provide greater access to the public.
Prominent educational institutions with boat houses along the Charles River, including Boston University, Northeastern, Harvard, MIT, Tufts, Belmont Hill, and Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, would see the biggest changes under the plan.
Harvard, for example, was paying only $1 a year in rent for its Harvard Sailing Pavilion along the Charles. State officials upped the rent to $5,000 last year, but that figure will jump to $18,000 under the draft plan and subsequently increase at a steady rate for the next 30 years. The rent could eventually reach as high as $100,000 a year under the more aggressive scenario outlined in the plan.
CommonWealth obtained a draft copy of the leasing plan that was labeled “for discussion purposes only,” suggesting revisions are possible. The responsibility for drafting the leasing plan falls to the Department of Capital Asset Management, the state’s real estate arm, working in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the state agency that actually owns the properties. Officials at both agencies declined comment without first seeing the document...
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It is worth noting that not only does the Dorchester Yacht Club owe no back rent , but that we pay (in addition to the $10,000 annual fee) property tax on the land we lease, as if we owned it. Also worth remembering is that the DYC did own its own land, which was taken by emininent domain in 1957 in order to build the Southeast Expressway, and that in exchange we were given a 20-year lease (long since expired) for the land we now occupy.