Trinity Financial was interviewed by the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee last night with respect to Trinity’s proposal to develop the former Medfield State Hospital site. My sense was that Trinity is willing to be exceedingly flexible, and to listen to and consider proposals for changes to what the town wants, if the town wants to further tailor the result to precisely what the town desires. So far Trinity proposes 334 rental units in the existing buildings, 25% affordable, meaning that all 344 should get added to the town’s SHI list of affordable housing units.
Trinity clearly thought that the site could allow for more development than the 334 units, should the town residents want to achieve more tax revenue so as to lower existing real estate taxes (any greater density would target getting more real estate taxes without adding more municipal costs, and hence would lower existing taxes).
Posted onAugust 23, 2021|Comments Off on Select Board agenda packet – corrected link
NB – there was a single dash missing from the (incorrect?) date in the link I copied from the Select Board agenda to use for my link to the agenda package for the Wednesday Meeting in my last post, so please use this link instead:
Email today from Town Administrator, Kristine Trierweiler, also sharing the Eversource storm update –
Chief Carrico is closely monitoring the storm as Emergency Management Director. We have staffed additional public safety personnel including the DPW through Monday.
8/22 8:30am Eversource Hurricane Henri Update
As of 8:30 a.m., the company does not have storm-related outages on its Massachusetts system. Eversource has crews staged throughout its service area Sunday morning in preparation for any damage caused by the high winds and heavy rain of Hurricane Henri.
The storm has changed track several times in its approach to New England and is now tracking further to the east, which could increase wind impacts in Eastern Massachusetts. Eversource is prepared to shift resources as necessary to respond to hardest-hit areas. Rainfall of 2 to 5 inches is predicted for Western Massachusetts, with up to 1½ inches forecasted for eastern areas. Peak wind gusts could reach 70 mph on the South Shore, Cape Cod and Islands; 55 mph in Boston and other areas of Eastern Massachusetts; and 45 mph in Western Massachusetts. Winds are expected to peak Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in eastern areas, and between 3 p.m. and midnight in western areas.
Posted onAugust 22, 2021|Comments Off on 2020 census shows town’s SHI down to 9.1% from 9.6% – i.e. 41 more affordable housing units needed to get to 10% safe harbor
Email yesterday from Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, shared the 2020 census figures on the number of dwellings in the Town of Medfield (4,450), meaning that the town is now 41 affordable units short of the 10% Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) goal that provides safe harbor from unfriendly 40B projects. –
Hi all – Our HPP consultants were able to pull out our 2020 census year round housing units from the recently released redistricting data. With that we fell from 9.6% to 9.1%.
Just a reminder that the AHT and PB are reviewing the draft HPP update now and we have a joint AHT/PB/BoS presentation penciled in for Sept 21 (to be confirmed later).
Sarah Raposa, AICP Town Planner 459 Main Street Medfield, MA 02052 (508) 906-3027 firstname.lastname@example.org
We did some digging into the 2020 Census redistricting data and pulled out the new population and housing numbers for each municipality in Massachusetts. Although we cannot provide official Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) figures – DHCD will be able to give you this information at some point – we know our clients are eagerly awaiting the 2020 Census data to understand how they stand on the SHI and wanted to give you a sneak peek at this initial data release.
Jenn asked me to share the following statistics for Medfield – please feel free to reach out with any questions!
Total Population (2020)
Year-round Housing Units (2020)
Occupied Units (2020)
% Occupied (2020)
Vacant Units (2020)
% Vacant (2020)
Year-round Housing Units (2010)
SHI Units (as of 12/2020)
% Subsidized (2010)
% Subsidized (2020)
We hope you find this information useful and look forward to continuing our work together!
Posted onAugust 19, 2021|Comments Off on Town received two proposals for MSH site
The town received two responses to its RFP’s to redevelop the former Medfield State Hospital site. The links to the proposals are below.
Trinity Financial proposes 334 rental units that would be in all the existing rehabilitated building (less the maintenance building and dining hall, which Trinity would demolish). Trinity would pay the town $2m.
Pulte submitted three options:
$7.6 m. for the Arboretum alone for 73 for sale units
$21.2 m. if the town allows 602 units
$44.1 m. if the town allow 702 units
Option A Price Proposal /Total Consideration : $7,696,000 The first development option will only utilize the Arboretum Parcel and will consist of 73 non-age restricted forsale residential townhomes. There will be 54 market-rate residences and 19 affordable-rate residences. The affordable-rate residences will make up 25% of the total amount of residences which is in conformance with the affordability requirements in the Medfield State Hospital District. The proposed purchase price for Option A is $ 7,696,000. The proposed purchase price may increase or decrease based on the number of market-rate residences approved by the Town of Medfield on the Arboretum Parcel.
Option B Price Proposal/Total Consideration: $29,158,000 The second development option will utilize the entire disposition property (West Slope, Core Campus, and Arboretum Parcel). This development option will consist of 602 non-age restricted for sale residences in a mix of garden-style residences and townhome residences. There will be 451 market-rate units and 151 affordable-rate units. There will be 450 garden-style residences and 152 townhome residences. The affordable-rate residences will make up 25% of the total amount of residences which is in conformance with the affordability requirements in the Medfield State Hospital District. The proposed purchase price for Option B is $ 29,158,000. The proposed purchase price may increase or decrease based on the number of market-rate residences approved by the Town of Medfield on the disposition site.
Option C Price Proposal/Total Consideration: $44,108,000 The third development option utilizes the entire disposition parcel, which includes the West Slope Parcel, Core Campus Parcel, and Arboretum Parcel. Development on the property will be a mixed-use residential community consisting of 402 for-sale non-age restricted garden-style residences and townhome residences, 100 agerestricted for-sale garden-style residences, and 200 apartment rental residences, for a grand total of 702 residences.
This is what the existing Pulte built development at the former Walpole Woodworking site looks like with the same sort of buildings:
This is from the Town of Medfield website –
Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment Opportunity
The Town of Medfield released a Request for Proposals for the Medfield State Hospital on Monday, April 5, 2021. Proposals were due on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 11 am. The Request for Proposals was developed by the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee prior to submission to the Medfield Board of Selectmen. Proposals will be evaluated by the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee.
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