Category Archives: Medfield State Hospital

MPD at MSH tomorrow

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From Chief Guerette:

The Police Department will be conducting a multi-agency training event at the State Hospital grounds on Wednesday, May 22 from 8-3. Do not be alarmed at the increased police activity. If you would like to come to say hello, please remain outside of the designated training area for your safety

DCAMM giving sweeter deals

From Newton Mayor Fuller’s weekly email – DCAMM gives Newton a better deal than Medfield was offered for the former Medfield State Hospital site –

 

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New Use for West Newton Armory
This morning I sent a request to the City Council to authorize the purchase of the West Newton Armory Building and land at 1135 Washington Street just outside West Newton Square.
The City of Newton is being presented with an opportunity both to obtain a special historic building and to increase the supply of vital affordable housing for the price of $1.00.
The Commonwealth is willing to sell the building to the City for $1.00 only if it is used for affordable housing in perpetuity, a use in which I believe deeply, and which also allows the City to control what happens to this important building.
The need for more affordable housing throughout Newton continues to persist. Some have thoughtfully asked how it came to be that the City of Newton could obtain the Armory for $1.00, but only for one hundred percent permanently affordable housing. Through our discussion with the Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) representatives, we learned that there were two scenarios under which the City could take control of the Armory; however, only the scenario of one hundred percent affordable housing presented the option for the City to purchase the property for $1.00.
The other scenario would allow the City to acquire the Armory for a municipal/direct public use at a price that reflected the type of use. DCAMM has sold properties in other municipalities under this scenario at 25 percent of full and fair market value. Based on the current $4.3 million assessed value of the Armory (likely less than appraised value), Newton would pay approximately $1 million to purchase the property.
Another scenario results if the City declines the opportunity to purchase the Armory; DCAMM would then sell the property on the open market to the highest bidder.
My vision for the West Newton Armory is that the City purchase it and retain ownership (as required by the state). Then we would lease it to an affordable housing development partner who will redevelop and manage the property as 100 percent affordable housing.
I am very excited about this opportunity to add much-needed affordable housing, especially in such a unique and well-located building. I look forward to the next few years of collaboration with the honorable City Council and our residents as we work together to bring the West Newton Armory back to life.
Read my letter to the City Council with more information about the Armory HEREunder Other Communications.

 

New Life 5k Trail Run – 2018 photos

I missed the other photo –

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New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/11

From Todd Dimmick –

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Local Teams Enter The New Life 5k Trail Run

 

Many teams with deep local roots will participate in the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 11. This community-building event offers a morning of both competition and fun at the scenic Medfield State Hospital Grounds while supporting a great cause. Get In Shape for Women, and Greater Neponset Running Club (GNRC) are just two of the participating teams.

 

For Alexandra Chace of Get In Shape For Women of Westwood (Members are from Westwood, Dover, Norwood, Medfield and Dedham), the New Life 5k Trail Run is perfect for them. “New Life gives people a fresh start, new chance and they make a difference in people’s lives,” she said. “And I think that we have similar values in changing lives and empowering people.” Chace noted that her group supports many other New Life efforts. “New Life is an amazing organization,” she added. Describing last year’s team, she observed that “for more than half of them it was their first 5k. They had such a great sense of accomplishment when they finished that course.”

 

For Jeff Weidenaar, president of GNRC (with members from Norwood, Walpole, Canton, Sharon, Medfield, Westwood, and Dover), the event is “a 5K with something different about it. The trails made for a new twist that appealed to a lot of people. GNRC participated because we were looking for a fun local race.” He added that the event is “a worthy cause that everyone in the club was proud to support.”

 

Other teams participating this year include UCC Medfield Trail Blazers, BHHC, Manning Maniacs, Eliot Church XC, Soles of Medfield, Team Grandpa Elwell, Team Kramer, Walk-Ins Welcome, Blue Hills Hiking Club, and Team Infinitri. New teams are welcome. The New Life 5K Trail Run is open to avid runners, walkers and everyone in between. Registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun, with discounts for teams of four or more.  The first 400 registrations will receive a t-shirt on race day thanks to New Balance, an event sponsor.

 

The New Life 5K Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need.

 

What will the challenge be this year? Chace of Get In Shape For Women admits that “I have to figure out a way to top last year’s shirts.” (see photo)

 

To register for the Trail Run or to support the cause with a financial contribution, visit www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Learn more New Life and how you can help, including volunteering and donating home furnishings, at www.newlifefb.org.

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MFD rescues dog in Charles

30+ years ago, my Newton dog walker friend went in to the pond by the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln after her golden retriever that had fallen through the ice, and my friend drown.

25+ years ago my golden retriever, Charlotte, went into the Charles on our weekend run one March morning, off the really beautiful trail that goes along the river behind the police firing range, just at the point where the river turns, such that the full current hits the bank where Charlotte went in.  Because all the flow hitting at that point, the current was so strong that Charlotte had trouble  getting back to the opening, despite paddling as fast as she could.  For a few moments as I watched her struggle, I contemplated going in to help her out.  Why not, after all, I had gone in the water to “teach her” to swim as a puppy – but that had been summer.  Fortunately, Charlotte put on one sustained strong effort and got back to the opening and climbed out, and only one of us went home icy wet, while the other was left with strong memories of what almost happened.

Charlotte always went in the water on our winter runs, unless things were frozen solid.

The whole article is here – https://medfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20190206/medfield-firefighters-rescue-dog-that-had-fallen-through-ice

Medfield firefighters rescue dog that had fallen through ice

MEDFIELD – Local emergency personnel rescued a dog that fell through the ice midday Tuesday.

MSH MPC report released

 

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Photo by Phil Tuths

Email today from the Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee –

Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee Update

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee is pleased to announce the release of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the State Hospital site after four years of intensive effort.

 

 

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The cover of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan.

 

Preferred Master Plan Released

Residential, cultural, commercial, retail, and recreational uses are incorporated into the plan.  Key features include:

·         diverse housing types addressing needs for seniors, down-sizers, millennials, and affordability;

·         restoration and reuse of almost all of the existing buildings;

·         maximizing open space and vistas;

·         buildings and open area for a cultural hub; and

·         space designated for a recreational and athletic complex.

The plan balances the priorities and desires of the Community with the economic and financial objectives of minimal impacts on school and Town services, minimal effects on property tax rates, and the potential for profitable development from the investor’s perspective.

The Master Plan is available for your review on the Town’s website located at:  MSHVision.net. Viewers are encouraged to read the four-page Executive Summary first.   A more detailed rationale and explanation of the plan is found in Chapter VIII, The Preferred Redevelopment Scenario (pages 85 – 122.)  A complete draft of the zoning by-law has also been prepared and can be read in the Appendix Document, Chapter 11, Draft Zoning By-law for Medfield State Hospital, (pages 137 – 175.)

See you at Medfield Day September 15, 2018!

BoS hears MSH master plan on 7/10

The Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday July 10, 2018 is all about the plans for the former Medfield State Hospital site.

The Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee will present its master plan (now 200 pages, down from 500 pages).  I have been asked by the MSHMPC to not share its master plan yet.  I expect I can share it after our meeting on Tuesday, and will plan to do so.

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TOWN OF MEDFIELD POSTED: MEETING TOWN CLERK NOTICE POSTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF M.G.L. CHAPTER 39 SECTION 23A AS AMENDED. Board of Selectmen Board or Committee PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME Town Hall, Chenery Meeting Room 2nd floor Tuesday, July 10, 2018 7:00PM Announcement Disclosure of Video Recording Moment of appreciation for our Troops serving in the Middle East and around the world. Appointments 7:00 Jean Mineo requests the Board of Selectmen sign letters of support for the following grants for cultural development at Medfield State Hospital: Mass Development Grant National Endowment Grant Jean Mineo requests the Board of Selectmen sign proposal for Architectural Existing Conditions Survey 7:15 Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee Review of Final Master Plan for MSH Campus Discussion of Next Steps Plan for Special Town Meeting Citizen Comment Action Items Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen sign the contract award for FY19 DPW Supplies and authorize Maurice Goulet to sign the contracts from SERSG when finalized. Maurice Goulet requests the Board of Selectmen sign the Philip Street Bridge Reimbursement Attorney Marty Murphy request the Board of Selectmen sign the Regulatory Agreement for Local Initiative Project at 71 North Street Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, requests Board of Selectmen vote to authorize the Chairman to sign the ANR Plan for Hinkley Property Edward and Madeline Rodriguez request a rescheduling of the Dangerous Dog Hearing scheduled for July 31, 2018. Discussion of Water Ban Discussion Pending Items Annual Appointments (Scheduled for 7/17) Financial Policy (Scheduled for 7/17) Minutes (Scheduled for 7/17) Licenses and Permits (Consent Agenda) Mr. Higgins requests permission on behalf of Medfield Youth Basketball to place sandwich board signs at the usual locations in August Town Administrator Update Selectmen Reports Informational  Kleinfelder notification of Submittal of Phase II Comprehensive Site Assessment, Phase III Remedial Action Plan, and Phase IV Remedy Implementation Plan for Cumberland Farms, 560 Main Street.  DHCD notification of Certification of Housing Production Plan  Notice from the Department of the Interior PILT program payment of $1,256.  Notice from DHCD regarding 67 North Street Certified Cost and Income Statement  Letter of resignation from Doug Boyer, ZBA Member  ConCom Notice of Compliance for Homestead Drive and Lawrence Circle20180712-agenda_Page_2