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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:

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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/
BOARD OF SELECTMEN

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

A TRUE COPY ATTEST:
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

the Medfield Anthology, at Medfield State Hospital

I apologize, as I forgot that my emailed posts no longer post my emailed photos, as they used to do.

Below are the photos that I was trying to post from the actual performance of the Medfield Anthology, a new play by Hortense Gerardo, Artist-in-Residence, MAPC, presented at the Medfield State Hospital this afternoon.

Forum on MSH zoning – tonight at 7PM

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TONIGHT!
October 7, 2019 — Open Public Forum to present and discuss the Zoning Amendment.

Held at the Medfield High School auditorium starting at 7 PM.

MSH timeline to STM

From Town of Medfield alert and website – a timeline from now to the special town meeting (STM) on the Medfield State Hospital zoning on November 18. 2019. –

Medfield State Hospital

Thank you for visiting our webpage about the Medfield State Hospital. Use the links on the left to learn more about the strategic reuse master plan, proposed zoning, and other information about the former state hospital.

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 to consider adopting the strategic reuse master plan’s proposed zoning.

Please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner, with any questions or requests for additional information.

Sign up for Medfield State Hospital Master Plan Committee newsletters here. Use this link to view archived newsletters.

Agenda and minutes for MSHMPC meetings since 2017 can be found at the Town’s agenda center by clicking here.

For archived MSHMPC minutes, please click here.

A Walking Tour will be held on September 29, 2019. For more information, please see below.

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Rezoning – Presentation to BoS (9/3/19)

Rezoning Article at Special Town Meeting on Monday, November 18, 2019

Presentation

Schedule:

September 3, 2019 Kick-Off Meeting (Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, MSH Master Planning Committee, MSH Development Committee, Warrant Committee)
September 6, 2019 Legal Notice Ad due to The Press
September 13, 2019 Legal Ad # 1 for Public Hearing Notice
September 20, 2019 Legal Ad # 2 for Public Hearing Notice
October 3, 2019 Public Hearing  on Rezoning before Planning Board
October 7, 2019 Public Forum
October 21, 2019  Public Hearing, night 2 before Planning Board
October __, 2019 TBD Warrant Committee consideration
October 29, 2019 Final Language of Zoning Article to Board of Selectmen
October 29, 2019 Town Meeting Warrant Finalized by Board of Selectmen
November 4, 2019 Notice for Special Town Meeting to be posted 14 days prior
November 18, 2019 Planning Board submits verbal report & recs to Town Mtg
November 18, 2019 Special Town Meeting

 

 

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10/3 PB hearing on zoning for MSH

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Photo by Phil Tuths

Posted on: September 6, 2019

MSH Rezoning – Planning Board Public Hearing 10/03/19

Pursuant to the provisions of MGL ch. 40A §5, the Medfield Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 8:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, 2019, at the Medfield Town House, 459 Main Street, for the purpose of accepting public comments on the following proposed amendments to the Town of Medfield Zoning By-laws:

Item 1: Article ## To see if the Town will vote to amend the Medfield Town Code Article 300 Zoning by adding a new section known as Article 300-20 to create a new “Medfield State Hospital District” seeking to:

  • promote the reuse of the former Medfield State Hospital property and certain nearby properties by encouraging a balanced, mixed-use approach with housing, educational, recreational, cultural and commercial uses, with open space and with public access;
  • implement the goals and objectives of the Strategic Reuse Master Plan for Medfield State Hospital;
  • promote the public health, safety, and welfare by encouraging diversity of housing opportunities;
  • increase the availability of affordable housing by creating a range of housing choices for households of all incomes, ages, and sizes, and meet the existing and anticipated housing needs of the Town, as identified in the Medfield Housing Production Plan (2016);
  • ensure high quality site reuse and redevelopment planning, architecture and landscape design that enhance the distinct visual character and identity of the Medfield State Hospital area and provide a safe environment with appropriate amenities;
  • encourage preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings;
  • encourage the adoption of energy and water-efficient practices and sustainability;
  • establish design principles and guidelines and ensure predictable, fair and cost-effective development review and permitting.

Full text of the proposal is on file with the Town Clerk and the Planning Department and may be inspected during regular business hours, as well as on the Town’s website at www.town.medfield.net. All interested persons should attend the public hearing.

Item 2: Article ## To see if the Town of Medfield will vote to create a new zoning district consisting of the following parcels as shown on the map titled “Proposed Medfield State Hospital District (MSHD)” dated 08/17/18 which is on file with the Town Clerk and Planning Department (71-001/Core Campus, 71-020/Laundry Parcel, 71-017/Water Tower, 63-004/Sledding Hill) for the purpose of creating a new zoning map district that enables the uses, dimensional requirements, permitting processes etc. of the proposed Medfield State Hospital District all as set forth in the document entitled “Notice of Planning Board Hearing Relative to Proposed Zoning By-Law Amendments Pursuant to M.G.L c. 40A, § 5 Scheduled for October 3, 2019” on file in the office of the Town Clerk. Full text of the proposals is on file with the Town Clerk and the Planning Department and may be inspected during regular business hours, as well as on the Town’s website at www.town.medfield.net. All interested persons should attend the public hearing.

SARAH T. LEMKE, CHAIR

MEDFIELD PLANNING BOARD

MEDFIELD PRESS

  • September 13, 2019
  • September 20, 2019

 

 

Sarah Raposa, AICP

Town Planner

MSH stories

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Medfield State Hospital stories

An update from the MAPC and CAM (Cultural Alliance of Medfield) regarding their upcoming “Let’s Talk” event on July 11, 2019 at the Zullo Gallery, from the MAPC website:

MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council) is providing technical assistance to the Town of Medfield to facilitate the activation of the Medfield State Hospital campus with place-making activities that will set the course for future creative uses at the site. MAPC is working collaboratively with the Town of Medfield, the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, and an advisory committee composed of local residents and artists from Medfield and surrounding towns to plan a series of events starting on June 23, 2019 and continuing through May 2020.

The sprawling 661,000 square foot site of the former Medfield State Hospital sits on a hilltop overlooking the banks of the Charles River and boasts 39 historic buildings that are organized according to a Cottage Plan campus-style layout. Acquired by the Town of Medfield in 2014, the site is a unique and exciting terrain for creative reuse and renovation. The strategy will involve activating the church—which is slated to become the centerpiece of a future performing arts center—as well as the porches that grace the other buildings throughout the campus.

QUESTIONS?

For more information about the project, contact Hortense Gerardo, Artist in Residence, at hgerardo@mapc.org.