Monthly Archives: November 2018

Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Announces $20,000 in Local Grants

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Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund Announces $20,000 in Local Grants

The Medfield Foundation (MFi) Legacy Fund has announced its inaugural grants totaling $20,000 to three nonprofits serving the  Medfield community. An award celebration and presentation of the grants will take place in Medfield on the evening of November 29. The grants are the first to be awarded by the MFi Legacy Fund, founded in 2016, and are made possible by the generosity of Medfield donors.

Chris Cahill, Co-Chair of the MFi Legacy Fund, said: “We are honored to support a range of exciting programs and projects benefiting Medfield. The focus and dedication of these organizations to making a difference in town is truly impressive.”

The 2018 MFi Legacy Fund grants are going to:

  • Cultural Alliance of Medfield
  • Friends of Medfield Rail Trail
  • Medfield Cares About Prevention

The MFi Legacy Fund seeks to invest in Medfield-based initiatives that help ensure a strong and vibrant community.  The MFi Legacy Fund is a newly formed endowment for the long term, engaging in annual grant-making for impact now and in the near future.

About Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund

The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, was formed to support community-driven projects in Medfield, ensure a strong and vibrant community, and respond to diverse needs and voices into the future. MFi Legacy Fund is a permanent grantmaking source of funding to support community needs and opportunities, and provide ways for donors to give back or leave a legacy to the community. For more information, visit www.foundationformetrowest.org/medfield.

About the Medfield Foundation 

The Medfield Foundation, Inc. a volunteer-run private nonprofit, tax deductible 501(c)(3) corporation created in 2001 to raises private monies for public purposes in the Town of Medfield, Massachusetts. The Medfield Foundation allows donors to designate their donations for particular purposes. The Medfield Foundation allows motivated groups to raise monies for Medfield purposes under the rubric of the Medfield Foundation.

To date, the Medfield Foundation has raised, administered, and passed through over $2,000,000.00 in private donations for the Town of Medfield to help fund, create, and/or facilitate the senior bus, the Medfield Night Fireworks, the Dale Street Playground, the Field of Dreams at the Medfield High School, the track and bleachers at Medfield High School, the Domeshek Library Fund, the Angel Run, the town’s Youth Outreach Worker, the Zullo Gallery, the Adult Community Center, the Middle School auditorium, the schools in general, the Animal Shelter, the veterans plaques, the Cultural Council, among others.

A variety of planned giving opportunities are available.

The Medfield Foundation annually

  • Celebrates Medfield’s volunteers at an end of March reception,
  • provides water to town meetings, and
  • operates the Angel Run.

About the Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. We promote philanthropy in the region, help donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serve as a resource for local nonprofits and enhance the quality of life for all our residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $15 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $22 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, please visit www.foundationformetrowest.org or call 508-647-2260.

Rte. 27 closed

Email from Mike Sullivan –

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Accident on Route 27 near railroad overpass just past Sam White’s

Moe just called me to let me know that there was a bad three vehicle accident at the above location and that they have been asked to shut down Route 27 in that vicinity to allow accident reconstruction teams to do an assessment. This will restrict access to the transfer station, which is open today. He didn’t know the extent of the injuries, what type of vheicles were involved or any other information regarding the accident. He will call with updates as they become available. Kris, can you put something on the website to notify residents that access to the transfer station will be limited for a while. Mikes

Rosebay follow up #2

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EMAIL EXCHANGE THIS AFTERNOON BETWEEN TOWN PLANNER AND NEIGHBOR:

Email from neighbor =  “Our main concern is the scale of the project is massive in relation to the neighborhood.”

 

Sarah Raposa email back = The Planning Board will be requesting that the ZBA include architectural and design review as part of the the ZBA’s technical review process in order to find ways to reduce the height and bulk of the building.

Sarah

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

www.town.medfield.net

 

 

Better Rosebay update

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Always best to get your information from the people who really know things.  This is the response email from Sarah Raposa to the abutting neighbors providing the straight story.

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Pete did a good job of summarizing the process and addressing your concerns. I think that some of the aspects of the failed Senior Housing Overlay District Bylaw may have trickled into your thinking on Points 4 & 5. The Rosebay units are indeed proposed to be perpetually affordable to seniors who income qualify (Point 4) and the Town will likely exercise its right to request 70% local preference (Point 5). The local preference step is done after a comprehensive permit is issued. We have done this for all of the 40B thus far.  Affordability and local preference were issues that came up at special town meeting that we could not control through the zoning but are part of the 40B process.

Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.

Best,

Sarah

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner
459 Main Street
Medfield, MA  02052
(508) 906-3027
sraposa@medfield.net

www.town.medfield.net

 

Rosebay update

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I responded this morning to an email from Pound Street neighbors of the proposed Rosebay project to both me and Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, and I  thought others might be interested in that response, which follows.

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Sarah will know this landscape better than I, but I will share what I know and my current thinking.

 

The current step calls for the Board of Selectmen to make a submission to Department of Housing and Community Development about the appropriateness of the site for the project, which is an initial determination that DHCD must make for the developer to move forward to the real permitting phase, which is the application for a comprehensive permit before the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Medfield.  It is really before the ZBA where the decisions will get made as to all the details of the sorts of land use issues that you are raising as concerns will get addressed and decided.  The ZBA will undoubtedly be seeking neighborhood input into what it should decide, and I encourage you to be involved in that process.  It is usually an iterative process over many meetings, spread over many months, as the developer will submit detailed plans and the town will hire, at the applicant’s expense, its own peer review engineers and other experts to analyze those plans and to make recommendations to the ZBA on the developer’s submission.

 

At this stage, DHCD is merely issuing a preliminary yes or no as to whether the proposed project is appropriate enough to the site so as to be allowed to proceed to the comprehensive permit filing process.  You may recall that the 200 unit proposed 40B at the intersection of Rte. 27 and Dale Street was denied site approval by DHCD at a similar stage, in what all said at the time was a highly unusual denial.  It is my understanding that almost all proposed 40B’s receive DHCD approval to move forward to the comprehensive permit stage.

 

To date, the Board of Selectmen has generally been in favor of expanding the senior housing at that site, but to date has not weighed in on the current proposal.

 

However, I can share with you my thoughts on your particular issues (in the red):

  1. The proposed development is inconsistent with the character of the residential aspects of the neighborhood.  I say this because the proposed structure is a single, three- story building on a relatively small site.  A three-story building will dwarf the homes on the opposite side of Pound Street and the adjacent homes on the same side of the street.  Tilden Village is far more consistent with the character of the neighborhood.    — I would prefer to see a two story structure.  However, I do understand the benefits of such a building for seniors to be in one large building instead of the many smaller buildings as was done at Tilden.
  2. Light pollution from the development.   — I have learned from my involvement with the Medfield Energy Committee and its study of converting the town to LED streetlights that light from LED’s can be directed, so as to prevent such light pollution into neighbors lands.
  3. Potential traffic impacts on a street that is already congested in the mornings and afternoons due to traffic associated with the school campus.  — Yes, agreed.  I do not see a way around the traffic issue.  Traffic studies will likely be required, done, and peer reviewed, but more housing units means more traffic.
  4. The apartments are not affordable in perpetuity.   — I thought that they would have continued protection, but if that is not possible, then I would still favor doing the project is we can get a good number of years of such units for seniors. 
  5. Whether Medfield senior residents are likely to qualify for these affordable apartments.   — I do not know when one can build local preferences in and when one cannot, but even if we cannot with this particular project, these units will assist a lot of local seniors.  I expect the ZBA will build in whatever local preference is allowed.

 

This project is being planned by Brian McMillin, who formerly worked with Gatehouse when Gatehouse developed The Parc on West Street, and if Rosebay is build, the plans say that it would be managed by Gatehouse.  Therefore, I would expect Rosebay to both look and operate much as The Parc has.  From my recent inquiries of those who live directly across West Street from the Parc, I have learned that those people have found The Parc to be a problem free neighbor.

New MFi directors: D’Amore, Marble, & McManama

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The Medfield Foundation team is growing! MFi welcomes new board members — Linda D’Amore, Betsy Marble, and Kerry McManama. #BuildingCommunity #GiveWhereYouLive

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Medfield Foundation recently announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors, Linda D’Amore, Betsy Marble and Kerry McManama.

The women joined the board to extend engagement among Medfield citizens, support the expansion of MFi-supported initiatives and contribute to the objective of raising private funds for public needs.

Read the full Medfield Press article her bit.ly/MFiBoard

Rosebay comments due 12/6/18

Get the full Rosebay plan and materials at the Town of Medfield website by clicking here

Affordable Housing Trust Committe

Posted on: November 6, 2018

DHCD Comment period open for the Rosebay 40B Application (Pound Street)

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On 11/6/18, DHCD hand-delivered the Rosebay 40B application packet to the Town, commencing the 30-day comment period. The municipal comment letter must be received by DHCD by December 6, 2018.

Departmental comments should be submitted to the Town Planner by Tuesday, November 13th for incorporation into the draft municipal comment letter for approval at the 11/27 BoS meeting.

Residents may submit comments to the Board of Selectmen through Evelyn Clarke at eclarke@medfield.net and send comments directly to DHCD:

Catherine Racer, Associate Director, (with cc to Rebecca Rebecca Frawley Wachtel – DHCD Tax Credits and HOME Program Director)

Department of Housing and Community Development

100 Cambridge Street, 3rct Floor

Boston, MA 02114

Project description:

This new development is proposed as 45 units of rental housing restricted to residents age 62 and over. All 45 of the apartment homes in The Rosebay are proposed to be affordable to senior residents. The development site is a portion of the Medfield Housing Authority (“MHA”) property in Medfield, Massachusetts, for which MHA has granted the applicant an option to enter into a Ground Lease. MHA has also entered into a Master Development Agreement with NewGate Housing LLC (“NewGate”) for the proposed development.

The proposed development is expected to include 45 apartment homes in a single residential building. Of the 45 apartments, 37 are proposed as one bedroom/one bath units, and 8 are proposed as two bedroom/two bath units. All of the apartments in the proposed development will be age-restricted and all 45 will be eligible to be counted on Medfield’s Subsidized Housing Inventory for purposes of Chapter 40B. In addition to residential units, the building is also expected to house a community center “Club Room” for residents, a fitness center, a computer lab, a leasing and management office, a dedicated supportive services office and consultation center, mail and package facilities, and a maintenance facility. The proposed development will also include trash/recycling; outdoor recreation amenities such as picnic areas, community gardens, and a rooftop garden deck; and related parking, utilities, infrastructure, and landscaping improvements.

Here is info on the rare rosebay rhododendron and the trail off Woodridge:
http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/medfield-rhododendrons.html