Category Archives: Medfield State Hospital

New Mutants opens Friday

Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The New Mutants.’
Maisie Williams, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, Charlie Heaton and Anya Taylor-Joy in ‘The New Mutants.’

I think I know those two locations – so cool.

Trailer is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_vJhUAOFpI

MEC 8/24

Your Medfield Energy Committee has tons of irons in our local fires – Zoom in next Monday at 7 PM to hear and see what is happening

  • Medfield Environment Action – new group
  • Community Aggregation – for next town meeting
  • Climate Goals – for next town meeting
  • Solar Projects – e.g. Kingsbury Club solar is large enough to be a power plant
  • New Dale St. School – building to net zero can save the town money
  • Green Community Act – (Municipal) Operations – how state grants are being used to make our town better

The agenda and Zoom link are below:

TOWN OF MEDFIELD
MEETING
NOTICE
Posted in accordance with the provisions of MGL Chapter 39 Section 23A, as amended
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, this meeting will take place remotely. Members of the public
who wish to view or listen to the meeting may do so by joining via the web, or a conference call.
1. To join online, use this link:
a. https://zoom.us/j/98488657066?pwd=U1FsZVR5SFYzRlV5bmRwdENBVlBxdz
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b. Enter Password: 221674
2. To join through a conference call, dial 929-436-2866 or 312-626-6799 or 253-215-8782
or 301-715-8592 or 346-248-7799 or 669-900-6833
a. Enter the Webinar ID: 984 8865 7066
b. Enter the password: 221674
Medfield Energy Committee
Board or Committee
PLACE OF MEETING DAY, DATE, AND TIME
Remote Meeting held on Zoom Monday, August 24, 2020 7:00 pm
1. Report from the Chair – Fred
2. Approval of minutes from past meeting: 7/20 – Penni
3. Committee Roster update – Cynthia
4. Medfield Environment Action – Megan
Community Forums: CCA, Climate Goals
5. Community Aggregation – Megan / Bob / Paul / Jeremy
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. Jul 22 Public Forum, other publicity
Posted:
6. Climate Goals – Jim
a. Warrant Article – wording
b. GHG Inventory tool – Hilli
c. Aug 17 Public Forum, other publicity
7. Solar Projects – Penni
a. PPA vs ownership; SDA
b. Kingsbury Club: zoning
c. DPW roof: grant application – Hilli
d. Old landfill
e. Other sites
8. New Dale St. School – Alec
a. Arrowstreet: Acton-Boxborough
b. Eversource funding available (Cullinane; Thornton Tomasetti?)
c. BoS support of NetZero goal
d. Sandeen analysis tool – Megan
9. MassEnergize – joint MEA-MEC meeting
10. MSH Subcommittee: MSH Development Committee activity
11. Municipal and Community Partnership with Eversource – Tricia
12. Liaison with other orgs: MCAN, CRGC, MAPC, IECC
13. Medfield Long-Range planning process – Cynthia
14. Green Community (Municipal) Operations – Amy
a. 2020 Green Communities Funding-- $139,316 applied 5/1; answered q’s 6/19
b. Exterior and Interior lighting controls at High School, Middle School
c. High School: Trane / ESPO / interval data / scoping study – Alec
d. MAPC Regional Energy Planning Assistance Funding – Paul
$2500: Help prep, complete annual report
$1500: Competitive grant prep
e. Consumption during shut-down?
f. LED Streetlights: invoices adjusted
g. Energy Management function: Susan McPhee to be invited to BoS
And, any additional business that came in after the deadline that must be discussed prior to
the next meeting.

Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

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Medfield Planning Board Vacancy – Associate Member

Released June 30, 2020

The Town of Medfield Planning Board is seeking to fill 1-2 vacant Associate Member positions.  Anyone who may be interested should submit a letter of interest to Sarah Raposa at sraposa@medfield.net by September 1, 2020.

The Planning Board is an elected town board of five members, each with a five-year term. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Medfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Planning Board generally meets in the evening 2-3 times per month. Regular meetings are scheduled for the first and third Monday and there is often an additional work session scheduled.  Associate member attend and participate in all meetings though are not considered voting members of the Board. This allows Associates to learn about the intricacies of the Planning Board in preparation for running in the local election.

The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into two or more lots) through a comprehensive process prescribed by MGL Chapter 41 Sections 81L-GG and Town Code Article 310 involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.

Under “Site Plan Approval” and “Special Permits” in the Zoning By-Laws (MGL Chapter 40A and Town Code Article 300), the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.

Any requests for Zoning By-Law changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning By-Law amendment at Town Meeting, where a two-thirds vote is required to approve the change.

The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning By-Laws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning interests within the Town such as the historical entities, Medfield State Hospital, and affordable housing.

Letters should describe your interest in the Planning Board as well as any professional experience or other qualifications that will complement the Board. Relevant experience includes land use law, real estate, engineering, and construction however; planning board members come from a broad spectrum of life. Ideal candidates must be open-minded, willing to learn and put time in between meetings, and be capable of reading and understanding the Medfield Zoning Bylaws. Accordingly, please contemplate the following in your letter of interest:

  • Do you have ideas about the direction the Board should be headed? If so, have you thought about integration of those ideas (meaning how the idea coalesces into existing regulations or whether new regulations would need to be created)?

 

  • Land use boards such as the Planning Board, do not always have the kind of discretion to approve or deny a specific project that residents often think they have. It is important to recognize and avoid any conflict of interest; not to pursue special privileges, and maintain confidentiality. Are you prepared for being thought of as a villain by some and a hero by others?

 

  • Planning Boards wear two hats, proactive and reactive, and the schedule is robust. The proactive hat is devoted to long-range planning and is often difficult to quantify as the effects aren’t recognized for several years, if at all. The reactive hat focuses on subdivisions and site plan review and the effects are more immediately seen and felt in the community. How would you rationalize your reactive hat with your proactive hat? Do you see an overlap?

 

For questions regarding the Planning Board or this specific position please contact Sarah Raposa, Town Planner at sraposa@medfield.net.

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Volunteer to Serve on a Committee

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PS: other vacancies here

Affordable Housing Trust: Click Here for Announcement

Medfield State Hospital Development Committee: Click Here for MSHDC Announcement

Medfield Historical Commission: Click Here for MHC Announcement

Planning Board: Click HERE for PB Announcement

 

Chicken found at MSH

This friendly and happy chicken was found by Deb and Kristen near the Overlook at Medfield State Hospital yesterday afternoon.  Call me at 508-359-9190 or email me at Osler.Peterson@OslerPeterson.com if it is yours.

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MSH – see something, say something

This damage was done over the weekend at the Medfield State Hospital, requiring John Thompson, Chair of the MSH Building and Grounds Committee, and a hands on volunteer, and his colleague in the work to board it up anew.

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John reports that vandalism at MSH has increased with the increased usage of the site.

Last night I was chagrined to witness a white Miata doing donuts in the parking lot by the school buses at MSH – there are too many people using the MSH site for anyone to be engaging in such unnecessary attention getting behavior.

 

MSH Dev. Comm. seeks members

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Members Sought For Medfield State Hospital Development Committee

Posted: 04/23/20

 

The Medfield Board of Selectmen is seeking residents who are interested in serving on the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee (MSHDC). The MSHDC is responsible for developing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals process (RFP) in support of the redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital site and the MSH District zoning article approved at Medfield’s November 2019 Special Town Meeting; initiating a disposition article for an upcoming town meeting that authorizes the town to release the property for redevelopment; and identifying the staffing and legal counsel resources necessary to support the redevelopment effort. The MSHDC anticipates meeting twice monthly, but may meet more frequently or less frequently.

 

The Committee includes members with experience in land use, real estate, housing, banking, and finance. The committee is seeking 3 – 4 new members with experience in the following complementary fields: law, engineering, project management, and building construction/rehabilitation.

 

For questions regarding the MSHDC or this specific position please contact Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator at nmilano@medfield.net.
Qualified candidates who are interested in serving on this committee at this important stage in the redevelopment process should submit a letter of interest with resume to Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator at nmilano@medfield.net by June 1, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Medfield movie gets a rave review

Brush with Hollywood –

Filmed (partly) in Medfield – on Rte. 27, and they also stored their trailers at Medfield State Hospital –

★★★★
Any way you slice it, ‘Knives Out’ is hilarious
Pound for pound, actor for actor, laugh for laugh, “Knives Out” may be the most entertaining movie of the year, writes Globe critic Ty Burr, who gives the movie four out of four stars.

It’s a gift and a skewering, a love letter and a pratfall — an old school murder mystery breathed into riotous new life by a young Jedi master of moviemaking, Rian Johnson. And it really deserves the establishment of a new Oscar category for Best Honey-Baked Ham, whose 2019 recipient could only be Daniel Craig.

Read the full review.

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.