Developers to MSH-MPC

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee ran a program to have a few of its members meet with and talk to developers, in order to get feedback from the developers.  The MSH-MPC has just reported on the outcome of that meeting in its e-newsletter today (a copy attached below).

Lee Chapel

Developers Roundtable

On August 11th the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) held a “developers roundtable” wherein real estate developers and other interested parties were brought together to see and discuss the project. The purpose of this initial outreach step was to create awareness of the property and the opportunities presented in the eventual master plan, and to refine the plan in response to input received from the development community.  The VHB team organized this step in concert with the Town earlier in the process than originally anticipated as it was originally part of the Phase III scope.

Invited professionals were from New Atlantic Development, North Hill, LCB Senior Living, Beacon Communities, Gilbane Construction, The Design Build Group, Helios Construction Corp., and The Pinehills.

This event included a driving tour through the study area (Lot 3 and Hinckley property off Ice House Road, McCarthy Park, Sledding Hill, Core Campus) and a presentation by VHB regarding the process and draft study scenarios followed by a roundtable discussion and Q&A session.

During the driving tour the developers had questions about available utilities and infrastructure capacity. The developers were astute and knew the Medfield market. They considered the best uses for the property to be residential types (senior, single-family, townhouses, apartments) and continuing care retirement communities. They had insightful comments during the roundtable and shared information about their experiences developing other communities and what the area could offer. Site remediation was a major theme, and knowing actual demolition costs and infrastructure upgrades are essential.

In summary the developers offered their suggestions for marketable uses that could be part of the reuse master plan. On the tour and at the meeting there was plenty of discussion about the unique site at Medfield State Hospital  and its development challenges: the size of the site, the availability of utilities, the need for substantial improvements and what to do with the standing buildings.

Many expressed the importance of creating certainty by having a concise plan and process with flexible guidelines.

All the developers were impressed with the beauty of the land and the need to incorporate open space as part of a fully integrated master plan. They were impressed with the Town of Medfield leading the way with what it wants to preserve and use and the kind of development it favors for the site.

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