Monthly Archives: November 2019

MSH zoning passes at STM

651 Yes, 295 NO

68.8% Yes

The vote at the special town meeting last night to change the zoning at the Medfield State Hospital had to pass by a two-thirds vote (i.e. 66.67%), and it got 68.8%, meaning that it both passed by the slimmest of margins and that it was also preferred by a landslide majority of residents in attendance.

Next steps will be for the Development Committee to:

  • vet requests for qualifications from developers,
  • draft a request for proposals (RFP), and
  • then solicit requests for actual development proposals.

Those proposals will then tell the town what the real world market actually thinks.

The selectmen will select from among the proposals.  The town, as the property owner, can write into the land disposition agreement with the developer, whatever assurances the town feels are needed to safeguard both the property and the town’s long term interests in the property.

Ultimately, the chosen proposal and the land disposition agreement will be submitted to the residents at a town meeting for their approval, which vote will again require a two-thirds vote to proceed.  The town residents are thereby assured full control over any development that will occur.

The attendance at the STM last night was large enough that the cafeteria was employed as an overflow space, and the cafeteria was reportedly full as well.

The following was part of the official report published by Town Clerk Carol Mayer:


VOTED: To amend the code of the Town of Medfield Chapter 300 Zoning by adding a new Article 300-20, Medfield State Hospital District as printed in the warrant and further to amend the official zoning map as printed in the Warrant except in Section 2. Definitions. “MSHD Map” substitute 89 acres for 135 acres, Section 3A. Establishment of Medfield State Hospital District substitute 89 acres for 135 acres and Section 3B. Sub-Zones substitute six Sub-Zones for eight Sub-Zones. MOTION PASSED BY 2/3 VOTE YES-651, NO- 295 (11/18/2019)

And you are directed to serve the Warrant by posted an attested copy thereof, in the usual places for posting warrants in said Medfield, fourteen days at least before the time of holding said Special Town Meeting.

Hereof fail not and make due return of this Warrant with your doings thereon, unto the Town Clerk at the time and place of the Special Town Meeting aforesaid. Given unto our hands this thirty first day of October, Two-Thousand and Nineteen.

Gustave H. Murby /s/
Osler L. Peterson /s/
Michael T. Marcucci /s/

By virtue of this Warrant, I have notified and warned the inhabitants of the Town of Medfield, qualified to vote in elections and at town meetings, by posting attested copies of the same at five public places fourteen days before the date of the Special Town Meeting as within directed.

Constable: Robert Flaherty /s/
Date: October 31, 2019

Carol A. Mayer, CMMC /s/
Town Clerk

STM Fact Sheet

The Town of Medfield has prepared the following fact sheet for the special town meeting (STM) tonight –

Medfield State Hospital (MSH) The Board of Selectmen has prepared this informational sheet to aid in the discussion of Article 2 TERMS MSH Campus Total Acreage for the campus North of Hospital Road is comprised of 89 acres and 36 buildings Zoning Zoning is a tool that municipalities can use to govern how land is used, the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings. Zoning bylaws typically create districts that allow and prohibit certain uses. Zoning bylaws can also include dimensional requirements and design guidelines. Any change to zoning requires a 2/3 majority vote at Town Meeting MSHD Medfield State Hospital District is a proposed new district with zoning guidelines that will regulate the type and location of uses at the Medfield State Hospital Property Inclusionary Zoning Medfield has adopted inclusionary zoning which requires developers of new multifamily housing developments to also include affordable units in their project MSH Land Disposition Agreement Agreement between the Town and the Commonwealth that outlines the terms of the 2014 sale of the property and outlines all of the conditions of the sale. The document is recorded at the Registry of Deeds BI Zone The MSH property is currently zoned BI or Business/Industrial, which is not in line with the vision outlined in the State Hospital Master Plan DCAMM Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance RFI/RFQ/RFP Request for Information/Request for Qualifications/Request for Proposals TIMELINE 1892 State begins construction of an asylum for long term high need patients 2003 State closes MSH and transfers remaining patients to Westborough State Hospital and transfers control of the property to DCAMM 2008 Board of Selectmen (BOS) and DCAMM agree to a 440 mixed use residential plan of 440 housing units. DCAMM subsequently fails to obtain legislative approval for the project and project isn’t carried out. 2013 Town completes year long mediation with DCAMM which leads to the opening of the Charles River Gateway and discussions to purchase the property 2014 Town Meeting approves the purchase of MSH from the State for a price of $3.1 million to be paid over 10 years 2014 Board of Selectmen (BOS) appoints the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) 2018 MSHMPC presents Master Plan to the BOS 2018 BOS appoints the MSH Development Committee to determine marketability of the master plan 2019 BOS call a Special Town Meeting to vote on the rezoning of the MSH property M S H C o s t s 2 0 1 4 t o D a t e $ 3 . 1 M i l l i o n P u r c h a s e P r i c e $ 7 4 1 , 6 7 3 O p e r a t i o n s a n d M a i n t e n a n c e $ 5 1 4 , 5 1 5 P l a n n i n g C o s t s $ 3 0 9 , 7 4 3 R e v e n u e Medfield State Hospital District Frequently Asked Questions What are we actually voting on? Currently the site is zoned BI or Business Industrial. Town Meeting is being asked to vote to rezone the MSH property to permit a development along the lines of the framework in the Master Plan which calls for mixed use of various types of housing, commercial, arts and cultural, open space, agricultural, and recreation/sports and reuse of the existing buildings. What are the next steps if the zoning is approved? The Town of Medfield owns the land so if zoning passes, the BOS will seek proposals from developers that are consistent with the MSH Master Plan and its District Zoning guidelines. If the BOS determines one of those proposals is in the best interest of the Town, then another Special Town Meeting will be called so that you can vote on the town’s land disposition agreement with the developer. That vote will also require a 2/3 majority vote. What are the next steps if the zoning is NOT approved? The BOS has not discussed nor voted on what they will do if the zoning does not pass. There is no official position or plan at this time. Why was a traffic study not done for this plan? Any development proposal will certainly impact traffic flow to and from the state hospital site. At this stage, there is no specific development proposal that would require a developer funded traffic study. If the Town paid for a traffic study at this point, it would be evaluating a hypothetical scenario. Reviewing developers’ traffic studies and ideas to mitigate increased traffic will be a key part of the Town’s due diligence when analyzing developers’ proposals, if the zoning is approved. If the zoning is approved, are there any uses of the land that the BOS could approve without Town Meeting Authorization? The BOS could only allow the use of the property for the municipal purposes that the zoning permits as of right. The BOS could continue to license the property for purposes like filming, car shows, and other specific events, as it has been doing since the town purchased the property. Why can’t the town solicit RFP’s first, before deciding on whether or not to rezone the state hospital site? The work of the MSH Development committee showed that potential developers have made it clear that they will not make the required investment to develop a proposal for the redevelopment of the MSH site without having the necessary zoning in place first, as a clear indication of the town’s support for redevelopment at the site. The Medfield Board of Selectmen would like to thank all of the committees, volunteers, town departments, and the legislative delegations that have worked on the Medfield State Hospital project over the years. The countless hours invested in this project have been invaluable to the Town in charting the path forward in our ultimate use of this site. Medfield State Hospital Reuse Committee Medfield State Hospital Environmental Review Committee Medfield State Hospital Mediation Committee Medfield State Hospital Advisory Committee Medfield State Hospital Negotiating Committee Medfield State Hospital Building and Grounds Committee Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Medfield State Hospital Resource Committee Medfield State Hospital Development Committee20191118-MSH STM Information Sheet_Page_2

Master Plan – take the survey


Take the Townwide Master Planning  Committee’s SURVEY –  only 4 minutes to share your views of our town’s attributes and deficits, to help the TWMPC develop the master plan for our town’s next 20 years.


TOWNWIDE MASTER PLAN Did you miss the 10/20 Community Dinner & Public Forum but have some ideas? Please take the online visioning survey by Dec 20th. It only takes 5 minutes! JOIN THE CONVERSATION: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT MEDFIELD FROM ALL ANGLES hold your smartphone camera over the QR Code, click the notification, and take the survey (may not work on all devices) Pilot: Jay Duncan Photo: Teresa James

MCSP letter to editor

Screenshot-2018-7-5 Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

From the Medfield Press –

Medfield Letter to the Editor: Thanks from Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention extends a heartfelt thank you to the numerous supporters who have made the coalition’s efforts possible over the past few months. Thanks to generous donations from Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Norwood Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, the Gorman family, Medfield Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates of Wellesley Inc., we were able to extend Medfield’s contract with the Interface Referral Service for another year. The Interface Referral Service, a program of William James College, is a free and confidential mental health resource and referral helpline that connects residents of all ages to mental health professionals that match their individual needs. Interface is a vital resource that helps to reduce barriers to access to mental health treatment, which can significantly improve emotional wellbeing and prevent mental health crises. Medfield has benefited from the Interface Referral Service for the past two years and is grateful to have the opportunity to continue its connection to this important resource.

MedfieldCSP also held several events during the month of September, Suicide Awareness Month, which were made possible by the generosity of local individuals and businesses. Tracy Buckley and Kelly Armitage of Medfield Yoga Studio led a “Yoga on the Turf” event on Sept. 22 that provided an opportunity to practice wellness in the open air for community members of all ages. The event brought in over 30 participants and raised $365.

There was a #Yarn4Hope community art display featured in Straw Hat Park during the month of September that was adorned with knit creations in the colors purple and turquoise, the colors of Suicide Prevention. This canopy, inspired by the Natick’s Tunnel of Love, aimed to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health and included QR codes that connected visitors to mental health resources. Thank you to Nosh and Grog and the town of Medfield for allowing this public art display to occupy their property for the month of September. Thank you also to the dozens of community members who knit, crocheted, braided or tied a creation for the display. Community building is an important element of creating trust and support and ultimately promoting emotional wellness. The outpouring of support for this and other efforts is just one more example of how the Medfield community takes care of one another.

MedfieldCSP also partnered with the Medfield Cares About Prevention substance misuse prevention coalition to host a joint booth on Medfield Day focused on stress reduction and wellness. Many businesses donated gift cards and items to be raffled off at the booth and both coalitions are so thankful for the overwhelming generosity. Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for donating raffle items:

• Natural Nails

• Zen Nail & Spa

• Jaie3 Salon

• Medfield Yoga Studio

• Tangerini’s Farm

• Blue Moon Bagel Cafe

• Donut Express & Custom Cakes

• Park Street Books

• Andreea Cazacu and family

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention thanks its supporters and the Medfield community as a whole for the many ways community members have come together to express caring, kindness and support for one another.

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention was started in the fall of 2017 in response to community concern about the mental health and wellbeing of young people in the community. The coalition is composed of community members and professionals who desire to promote mental health. We recognize that suicide has touched our town and by coming together, we can raise awareness and increase our community’s capacity to save lives. Our mission is to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all community members, to raise awareness, to reduce stigma and to educate our community to help end suicide. Our vision is to build a community where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. For information, please visit our website at

The Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention is an initiative of the Medfield Foundation Inc.

For information or to donate, visit

Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh, Medfield Coalition for Suicide Prevention

Report on TWMPC’s 10/20 public forum

Below is the first of forty-three pages summarizing the results of the Townwide Master Planning  Committee’s public forum held 10/20/19, at which over 120 residents shared a community dinner and jointly outlined our town’s issues.

Read the whole report here 20191107-DP-0-Medfield-Public-Forum-#1-SUMMARY

Take the 5 minute visioning survey

From Town Planner, Sarah Raposa, for the Townwide Master Planning  Committee  –

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5-Minute Visioning Survey (follow-up to forum for folks who couldn’t attend):


Open Space & recreation Plan Update Survey:



Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner


Survey for Medfield Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP)

From Mary McCarthy, Chair of the Conservation Commission –

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This is for anyone who may have missed the other invites to complete the survey for whatever reason. Sorry if you have seen this already!


Friends and Neighbors,

If you attended the Town Wide Master Plan Public Participation Forum/Visioning on Sunday October 20, you know that the availability of Open Space is one of the most highly valued features of living in Medfield.

The Medfield Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) Committee, in collaboration with the Medfield Conservation Commission and Parks and Recreation, is putting the finishing touches on its updated OSRP. (A state approved OSRP is necessary for the town to be eligible to receive certain state funding.) A final step in this process is completion of a survey by residents on use of Open Space in town.

Please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey located here:

Thank you for your participation!

Best regards,



Mary McCarthy

Medfield Conservation Commission

Town Wide Master Planning Committee