chowd -- I think that since some of the land was transfered earlier that some amount of residential construction has already been underwayThere seems to be work already going on at the air base. Not sure it it's cleanup, demolition, or something else.
Seamus --- I think the process of giving it back to its original owners would be very very complicatedFirst homes went up for sale in July I believe. People should be living there already I would hope.
Also pretty sure there is an existing thread for this, but it might be the movie studio stuff.
I very much find it funny that land taken by the government, whether by eminent domain or otherwise, needs to be sold back for 25 million bucks. Clean up your mess and give the land back....
Not to say this would save downtown, but it would certainly help. They of course, just like at Copley, complain about an increase in traffic. Although this one would be actual instead of make believe.