Category Archives: Medfield State Hospital

MSH development FAQ – read up for STM

Trinity Financial’s due diligence investigation is ongoing, as are the negotiations over the details of the terms. The plan is to have a special town meeting (STM) in June at which residents will decide whether they want the deal with Trinity and the development Trinity proposes. The Trinity proposal closely tracts the building reuse and housing numbers that our town study committee recommended.

From the Town of Medfield –

Lee Chapel at MSH

MSH Q&A

What is the status of the Medfield State Hospital redevelopment effort?   
In November of 2021, the Board of Selectmen designated Trinity Financial’s proposal as the most advantageous response to the Request for Proposals issued in April, 2021.  In March of this year, the Selectmen executed a Provisional Designation Agreement with Trinity Financial which outlines a potential sale of a portion of the property for purposes of redevelopment and initiated a formal “due diligence” period for Trinity to commission various technical studies and to further engage with Town representatives to refine their proposal for the property. 
 
How can I find out more about the Medfield State Hospital and the proposed redevelopment?  
There are many resources available to learn more about the Medfield State Hospital and the proposed redevelopment: Town of Medfield webpage on the Medfield State Hospital. The Request for Proposals for the Medfield State Hospital released in April 2021. Copies of the two proposals received and links to the interviews conducted with Trinity Financial and Pulte Homes. Meeting minutes of the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee –Sept, 2018 – present Video of the April 6 Listening Session Video of the May 18 Trinity Financial presentation at the Council of Aging Upcoming events, including: June 9 at 7 pm: Trinity Financial presentation; location TBD June 18 at 9 am: Trinity Financial open office hours at the Medfield Town House – all are welcome Additional sessions and/or committee meetings TBD  

Will Medfield residents take a vote on whether to approve the sale?   
Yes, any sale of Town-owned land at Medfield State Hospital is subject to state requirements governing disposition of municipal property.  These requirements include a Town Meeting vote to approve any proposed sale of any portion of the property.

When is the Special Town Meeting?  
The date for the Special Town Meeting has not been finalized but is anticipated to be scheduled for the week of June 20 at the Medfield High School. 

What will we be voting on at Town Meeting?  
The Town Meeting will be asked to authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell portions of the Medfield State Hospital property in accordance with the Land Disposition Agreement negotiated by the Board of Selectmen with Trinity Financial. The proposed sale area of 45 acres is about 35% of the Medfield State Hospital land acquired by the Town in 2014.  The Town would retain 65% of the property it acquired in 2014, including extensive open space and recreation areas north of Hospital Road and all of the 40 acres the Town bought south of Hospital Road.

What is the threshold needed to approve the proposed sale at the Town Meeting?  
2/3 of Medfield voters in attendance at the Special Town Meeting need to vote to approve the sale of the property subject to the terms of the Land Disposition Agreement.
 
Will the proposed Land Disposition Agreement that the Town will sign with Trinity be available for review before the Special Town Meeting?  
Yes, the Board of Selectmen will release the Land Disposition Agreement prior to the Special Town Meeting.
 
What is the Trinity Financial’s proposal?  What type of housing is proposed?  
Trinity Financial proposes to use federal and state historic tax credits and other resources to historically rehabilitate virtually all of the brick buildings on the site to create new rental apartments.  The Land Disposition Agreement will cap the number of potential housing units at 334 units.  For at least five years following construction, the property must remain rental apartments in accordance with requirements of the historic tax credit program.  It is possible after that point that some or all of the units could be converted to homeownership, at the developer’s option. 
 
The proposal includes a mix of studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom apartments.  During the formal due diligence period, Trinity is securing architectural and other reports regarding building conditions and capacity, and also meeting with Town boards and committees to refine the proposed unit mix. The final proposed unit mix will be established prior to Special Town Meeting.
 
What happened to the concept of including commercial space, stores and restaurants?  
After the Town bought Medfield State Hospital lands from the Commonwealth in 2014, it initiated a strategic planning effort that culminated in the publication of the Medfield State Hospital Strategic Reuse Master Plan.  Various scenarios were described in the Master Plan, and the Plan’s “preferred scenario” envisioned housing along with other uses such as limited commercial space and an assisted living facility. In 2019, the new zoning approved for the Medfield State Hospital (the “Medfield State Hospital District),” allowed for these uses by right.
 
The Master Plan was a conceptual document to identify potential uses of the site.  When the Town released the Request for Proposals, it referenced the Strategic Reuse Master Plan but did not require respondents to adhere to the Master Plan or its “preferred scenario”.  This was intended to ensure that any proposals received by the Town would reflect projects that developers saw as economically viable to construct and operate over the long term.  Ultimately, none of the proposals submitted to the Town included any uses other than residential.
 
Are there any affordable housing units in the project?  
25% of the units will be affordable and restricted to those earning less than 80% of the Area Median income in order to comply with the Town of Medfield’s Inclusionary Zoning bylaw. In addition, these units will count towards the Town’s Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) for compliance with the state law known as “Chapter 40B.”
 
40B requires that all communities have 10% of their housing be affordable and recorded on the SHI. If not, then developers are able to construct housing projects without needing to adhere to local zoning bylaws. With the approval of this project at 334 units, it is estimated that Medfield will move well over 10% on the SHI, thereby ensuring compliance with 40B for the foreseeable future and protecting the Town from hostile development proposals.   
 
For more information on the Town’s housing objective, please see the updated Housing Production Plan, which was approved by the Planning Board on February 7, 2022 and by the Board of Selectmen on February 15, 2022. The document was sent to DHCD for final approval on February 22, 2022. View the plan HERE and DHCD approved Medfield’s Housing Production Plan valid through February 22, 2027.
 
What costs has the Town incurred since purchasing the Medfield State Hospital from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts? Has the Town generated revenue from leasing out the property?  
Since the Town purchased 127 acres at Medfield State Hospital for $3.1 million in 2014, the Town has spent over one million dollars on costs associated with maintaining the structures, security, and performing landscaping activities. In addition, the Town has spent another million dollars on legal services, environmental consultants, planning, and other expenses related to the environmental remediation of the hospital and planning for the hospital’s future.
 
Beginning in Fiscal Year 2018, the Town began putting revenue from renting out the hospital in a revolving fund so they could be used for Medfield State Hospital maintenance expenses. Since FY2018, the Town has generated revenue from various activities at the hospital, including renting it out to production companies and to the Coolidge Corner Theater for drive-ins, which offsets certain maintenance expenses.
 
What are the projected revenues and expenses (fiscal impact) to the Town if the property is developed in accordance with Trinity’s proposal?  
Trinity included an initial fiscal impact analysis in their proposal which is available on the Town website. The fiscal impact analysis estimated net revenues to the Town of $716,000 based on anticipated tax revenue and project related expenses, including the incremental cost of additional students generated by the development.
 
During due diligence, the Town and Trinity are further reviewing the fiscal impact to the Town in light of additional studies and refinement of Trinity’s proposal.  Updated information and more in depth analysis could result in revised fiscal impact projections which will be reviewed by the Board of Selectmen, the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee, and several Town boards and committees, including the Warrant Committee, the School Committee, the Department of Public Works, and others.
 
 
What is the Trinity Financial’s proposed purchase price?  
The proposed purchase price to the Town is $2 million.  When the Town purchased the hospital from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2014, it agreed to share proceeds of a sale in accordance with a formula in the Land Disposition Agreement. The Town anticipates that it will receive approximately $1.6 million from the sale, excluding future benefits such as net real estate tax revenues received each year after the project is completed.
 
In addition to the $2 million purchase price, Trinity has made a $25,000 payment to the Town for costs incurred during the RFP development and evaluation process. Trinity is reimbursing the Town for its expenses (up to $525,000) associated with the development and construction of the project, for services such as legal counsel, construction oversight, and consulting costs.  
 
Separate from the purchase price to the Town, Trinity is donating $1 million toward construction of the proposed Cultural Arts Center and additional $250,000 in programming funds for the Center.
 
What kind of public access will there be if the sale is approved?  
Presently, the entire campus is open to the public as Town property. While Trinity will take ownership of approximately 45 acres to develop the brick buildings into apartment units (if Special Town Meeting approves), the Town will retain key parts of the campus which will ensure public access in and through the property and continued public enjoyment of open space and recreational areas.
 
The Town will still own the following areas totalling approximately 82 acres: The Green (the open green space leading up to the core campus) The Arboretum (the cottage area, near the Stonegate entrance) The North Field “unbuildable” area (the open space to the north of the core campus The Water Tower Parcel All of the former hospital land south of Hospital Road  
The map below shows the parts of the Medfield State Hospital that Trinity would purchase with the yellow overlay.
Trinity is not constructing a gated community.  The roads will remain public roads, like any other public way in Medfield.  During due diligence and as part of the Land Disposition Agreement, the Town and Trinity will develop an easement plan to formalize how the public will be able to access amenities and parking on areas of the campus acquired by Trinity.
 
Will the North Field and trails remain open and be accessible to the public for both humans and canines?  
The “unbuildable” section of the North Field (the 15 acres of land behind existing Building 13) will continue to be owned by the Town of Medfield and open to the public.
 
Most of the walking trails are on Commonwealth of Massachusetts property and are unaffected by the sale of the hospital campus; they will remain open to the public.
 
How will people park and access the Overlook and trails?  
The Overlook and trails are on Commonwealth of Massachusetts property and have their own designated parking spots which are not included in the sale of the campus; they will remain open to the public.
 
How will this development affect the Town’ water and sewer systems? Do we have enough capacity to support this development?  
When the Town was developing the State Hospital Master Reuse Plan and drafting new zoning for the hospital area, the Town retained Pare Corporation to develop a conceptual water and sewer infrastructure plan and to estimate water and sewer demand for a proposal envisioned by the master plan. Pare Corporation’s report and materials are available on the Town website.
 
After Pare Corporation completed their conceptual study, the Town’s consulting engineer Environmental Partners provided a peer review of the water and sewer infrastructure. Environmental Partners also analyzed the water and sewer usage information generated by Pare to determine whether the Town had sufficient capacity to absorb the potential new water and sewer demand. Environmental Partners’ report is available on the Town website.
 
Environmental Partners’ findings were that: MSH development’s estimated peak day water demands of 0.114 MGD could be accommodated under current authorized limits provided that the Town continues to be proactive with its water conservation programs. MSH development’s daily sewer flow of 96,910 GPD could be accommodated by the existing 8‐inch PVC sewer system from Hospital Road to West Mill Street based on the assumptions stated in the report.  
Trinity Financial is not relying on these reports but rather commissioned its own studies as part of its due diligence.  These studies will be shared with the Town and peer-reviewed by independent consultants retained by the Town.  The findings will be discussed in meetings with the Board of Water and Sewerage that are open to the public. 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator nmilano@medfield.net   781-856-5287

Fun at the Forge – 5/14

From Stacey David of Bellforge Arts Center –

BELLFORGE PRESENTS FREE “FUN AT THE ‘FORGE” FESTIVAL ON MAY 14

Medfield, MA (May 3, 2022): The Bellforge Arts Center is pleased to present Fun at the ‘Forge, a free family festival on the grounds of the former Medfield State Hospital (MSH) on Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Bellforge’s third event in their summer series includes musical performances by Stacey Peasley and Wayne Potash; a puppet show by Rotem Goldenberg; arts and crafts with Kurt Jackson; science fun with The Inventor Mentor; and face painting and more with Raddo. In addition, attendees can help create a colorful on-site art installation with the PopUpCycler. The festival is free with registration at http://www.bellforge.org. A rain date has been scheduled for Sunday, May 15.

“Stacey Peasley’s cheerful, folksy, sing-along tunes have made her the Pied Piper of the under-10 crowd for years,” says Jean Mineo, the Executive Director of the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, who are currently working to build the Bellforge Arts Center at MSH. “She has quite the following in MetroWest, and we are thrilled to be able to have both Stacey and Wayne Potash perform at this event. Wayne has similar appeal, with his quirky, fast-paced and downright funny songs. I think the kids are going to be up and dancing all afternoon.”

In addition to the musical performances, Rotem Goldenberg will be delighting the audience with her tiny puppet theater. Goldenberg is a Community Creative Fellow, an initiative powered by the Jewish Arts Collaborative (JArts) and Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). Her art is for audiences of all ages and exists between the spaces of visual theater, performance, storytelling, and clowning.

In between the performances, festival-goers can explore a variety of fun science projects with The Inventor Mentor, including bubbles, foam stations, rockets, parachutes, and more, or have children’s entertainer Raddo twist up a balloon hat, paint their face or airbrush a tattoo. Kurt Jackson from the Zullo Gallery will also be engaging the kids in a simple watercolor art project using a masking technique to create a beautiful landscape for them to make and take home. With Kim Bernard, from the PopUpCycler, attendees can use recycled plastic to create colorful disks to decorate the exterior of the Bellforge’s chapel in a unique crowd-sourced art installation.  

Food, drink, and Magic Tree Henna, who will have a booth providing beautiful henna designs, are the only fee-based activities at the festival.

Bellforge will host a variety of concerts, festivals, and fun family days on most Saturdays from May through October. The majority of events are free; schedules and registration information can be found at the Bellforge website at www.bellforge.org or by registering for their newsletter at https://bit.ly/newsletterBellforge.

CAM JAM this Saturday, 11-5

From Jean Mineo, the Executive Director and Stacey David, the new Director of Marketing and Communications of the Cultural Alliance –

New Life 5k Trail Run on 5/7 updates

From Todd Dimmick –

New teams enter the New Life 5k Trail Run on May 7th

New Life is excited to host its 5th annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between. Many teams have already entered the Trail Run, including A Team, Eliot Church XC, GNRC, Iwaki America, MAKT, Millis UCC on the MOVE, Shamrock Shuffle, Soles of Medfield, UCC Medfield, Unicorn Amazing, and Westwood First Parish Church. These teams include runners from across eastern Massachusetts. New teams are welcome and are easy to set up. 

To celebrate being back in person after two years of virtual runs, New Life has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to provide live music on race day. Also, the Furniture Matters club of Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children 4-10 years old.

Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. Registration is $30 until May 5; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 7:30 on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:00, and the Trail Run starts at 9:30, with live music to follow. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.


DCAMM carting away the MSH soils with VOC’s

Below is the DCAMM flyer from the fence at the Medfield State Hospital Overlook, retrieved during last evening’s walk. Currently there is a huge hole dug out at the site of the VOC (perc I think) plume (the formerly laundry building site) between the mural and the Overlook, and a huge pile of those soils in the adjoining field. This is the website DCAMM lists for more information.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Former Medfield State Hospital -
Site Remediation Project 2022
Contact Information -All inquiries should be directed to:
Typical construction equipment
Background Information
JASON KRUCKAS
Senior Operations Manager
Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance
Office of Facilities Maintenance and Management
220 Old Common Road, Lancaster MA 01523
Jason.Kruckas@mass.gov
The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is performing
Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) response actions for the Special Project Designation (SPD) Area
at the Former Medfield State Hospital. Remedial activities will be conducted through the Summer of 2022.
The project includes:
o Mobilization, Site Preparation & Signage Installation,
o Creation of bypass road to maintain vehicle and pedestrian traffic to Charles River Gateway,
o Removal of utilities and decommissioning or removal of excavation area monitoring wells,
o Dewatering treatment system set-up and operation,
o Surface soil excavation and stockpiling,
o Off-Site transport and disposal of soil within the groundwater table,
o Amendment of backfill with Zero Valent Iron (ZVI) a powdered or granular form of iron filings,
o Construction of permeable reactive barrier wall with imported sand and ZVI for treatment,
o Site restoration, paving and loam and seed and limited stormwater improvements,
o Installation of new monitoring wells,
o Site clean-up, and
o Demobilization.
A Phase IV Remedy Implementation Plan (RIP) Report detailing the remediation is available at the Town
of Medfield library and online under the Release Tracking Number (RTN) 2-3020799 at
httos://eeaonline.eea.state.ma.us/oortal#!/wastesite/2-3020799.
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CAM’s “Fairy Walk & Daffodil Days” postponed to Sunday, due to rain

From Jean Mineo –

Fairy House Walk and Live Music April 9

From Jean Mineo –

The Cultural Alliance invites the public to kick off a season of live music outdoors at Bellforge, the newly named arts center planned at the former Medfield State Hospital. The inaugural free family-friendly event is Saturday, April 9 from 10 am – 3 pm (raindate is Sunday, April 10).

Visitors are invited to walk the grounds of the campus and the Chapel will be open for tours starting at 10 am. More than two dozen community groups have created fairy houses on display for the day, complete with photo opportunities and crafts for kids. Students from Pointe Premiere School of Dance take the stage at noon, and artists will be on site to sell their handcrafted pottery, jewelry and photography all day. Musicians Olivia Wendel and Ghost Grl perform live on the outdoor stage starting at 12:45 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy treats from ThankQue Catering or Clarke’s Cakes and Cookies food trucks.

Additional live music events are planned most Saturdays through October. The schedule will be updated on Bellforge.org.

5th New Life 5k Trail Run 5/7

From Tod Dimmick –

The 5th New Life 5k Trail Run hits the trails on May 7th

New Life is excited to host its 5th annual Trail Run on Saturday, May 7th on the Medfield State Hospital grounds (at Hospital Rd. & Service Dr., Medfield, MA). The route winds through the beautiful Charles River Reservation, and the event is open to runners, walkers and everyone in between.

To celebrate being back in person after two years of virtual runs, New Life has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of Medfield to provide live music on race day. Also, the Furniture Matters club of Medfield High School will introduce a Kids Fun Run for children 4-10 years old.

Trail Run registration is open at www.newlifefb.org/5ktrailrun. An “early bird” discount registration of $25 is available until April 23; after that registration will be $30 between April 24 to May 5; and $35 on race day. On-site Kids Fun Run registration will be $5 (cash or check). There is a $5 group discount for teams of four or more when the registrations are made at the same time.  On-site registration opens at 7:30 on race day. The Kids Fun Run starts at 9:00, and the Trail Run starts at 9:30, with live music to follow. The first 300 people to register will receive a t-shirt on race day.

The Trail Run benefits New Life Furniture Bank of MA and its mission to provide essential home furnishings to those in need. “The funds we raise go directly to helping those coming out of homelessness to furnish their new homes,” said Rich Purnell, Executive Director of the New Life Furniture Bank.

New Life Furniture Bank of MA collects high-quality gently-used furniture and household essentials that are made available at no cost to individuals and families in need. The Medfield-based not-for-profit organization operates a Walpole Donation Center, and serves the MetroWest and Greater Boston area. New Life provides a meaningful option for folks who are downsizing, renovating or disposing of a loved one’s property.

Those interested in being a sponsor, volunteering, donating home furnishings, or making a financial contribution are encouraged to visit www.newlifefb.org.

MSH press release from Select Board

TOWN OF MEDFIELD

Office of the

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

TOWN HOUSE, 459 MAIN STREET

MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS 02052-0315

(508) 906-3011 (phone)

(508) 359-6182 (fax)

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE USE

Thursday, January 6, 2022

PROPOSED MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT ADVANCES

Trinity Financial Proposal Designated as Most Advantageous

MEDFIELD, MA –The proposed redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital has achieved a critical milestone, with the Board of Selectmen voting unanimously to designate the proposal submitted by Trinity Financial of Boston, MA as the most advantageous received in response to its Request for Proposals issued on April 5, 2021. The Board of Selectmen further authorized the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee to negotiate a provisional development agreement with Trinity Financial for its review.  

The agreement, expected to be executed by the Board of Selectmen later this month, would grant Trinity Financial an exclusive period to conduct additional due diligence activities on the site, further advance its financing assumptions, and more fully engage with Town officials to address remaining questions or potential concerns regarding the proposal. 

Town Administrator Kristine Trierweiler said, “We look forward to working with Trinity, the Development Committee, and other relevant Town boards and committees to drill down further on Trinity’s proposal, continue to evaluate impacts to the Town, conduct additional technical reviews, and seek adjustments to the proposed redevelopment, if necessary.”  

Although the Trinity designation is an important step, there are still several more steps in the process.   

“After the due diligence process is complete and the Town has drafted a Land Disposition Agreement with Trinity that incorporates any negotiated changes to their proposal, the proposed sale of the property will need to go before Town Meeting for approval,” said Trierweiler.  

Throughout this process, the Town has sought public input and looks forward to continuing to engage with residents about this potential redevelopment. If approved by the voters at Town Meeting, Trinity still must complete required design and permitting reviews for the site, with construction activity likely beginning no sooner than 2023.      

Trinity Financial’s proposal calls for the development of up to 334 apartments on the site through the renovation of existing buildings using federal and state historic tax credits. The proposal would maintain the campus’ extensive open space areas and provide for continued public access to the property, while also complementing the Cultural Arts Center proposed by the Cultural Alliance of Medfield.  The planned development will incorporate sustainability measures to reduce environmental impact subject to historical rehabilitation standards.   In accordance with Town Zoning bylaws, 25% of the apartments would be designated as affordable housing, with a potential partial set-aside for artist housing, and the remaining 75% of the project will be market-rate. The proposal as submitted is generally consistent with major elements of the Town’s Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the Medfield State Hospital campus that was developed with extensive community input between 2014-2018.  

In addition to the Trinity proposal, the Town received a proposal with three different development scenarios from Pulte Homes of New England.  All three Pulte Homes scenarios included demolition of existing buildings, with the two variations applicable to the historic “core campus” calling for between approximately 600-700 newly constructed for-sale or rental housing units. In exchange for denser development, Pulte Homes proposed a higher purchase price to the Town. Proceeds from the sale of the property are required to be split with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in accordance with the Land Disposition Agreement between the Town and Commonwealth.       

“The Trinity Financial proposal received higher ratings from Development Committee members across all evaluation categories identified in the Request for Proposals and comments from all stakeholder groups and the general public were significantly more favorable,” said Todd Trehubenko, Chair of the Development Committee.  

The Development Committee, which unanimously recommended that the Board of Selectmen designate Trinity, noted that the proposal is intended to fund all of the project’s infrastructure costs as part of the construction and according to Trinity’s projections will generate over $700,000 per year in net tax revenues to the Town.  

“Trinity’s proposal represents a less intensive use of the site than competing proposals, and at the same time was the only proposal received that would put Medfield well-above its town-wide 10% affordable housing goal for the foreseeable future,” said Trehubenko.  

The Town’s Request for Proposals was issued in April 2021 after several rounds of public comment. Responses were due by August 2, 2021 and were posted to the Town’s website.  Proposals were then reviewed over the next 90 days through a process led by the Development Committee.  

This process included an evaluation against criteria published in the Request for Proposals, several rounds of developer Q&A, developer interviews (available on YouTube), input from the general public, and advisory reviews from stakeholder organizations including the Medfield Historic District Commission, the Medfield Historical Commission, the Medfield Energy Committee, the Cultural Alliance of Medfield, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.  

The potential sale of the Medfield State Hospital is subject to state laws governing the disposition of public property, M.G.L. c. 30B §16. Technical assistance was provided to the Development Committee by Peregrine Group (Rumford, RI) through funds made available by MassDevelopment, the Commonwealth’s development finance agency.  

ABOUT MEDFIELD STATE HOSPITAL

The Medfield State Hospital is a historic former psychiatric hospital campus in Medfield, MA, established in 1892 as the state’s first facility built specifically for chronically ill mental patients. The campus was designed by William Pitt Wentworth and developed between 1896 and 1914.  At its peak the complex included 58 buildings and had a capacity of 2,200 patients. The property and buildings were closed in April 2003, after decades of declining population. The grounds have since been reopened to the public for passive recreation from dawn to dusk, while the buildings remain closed.  Some of the buildings have been demolished. For more information, please go to http://www.town.medfield.net/556/Medfield-State-Hospital-information .

ABOUT MASSDEVELOPMENT

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. Through these collaborations MassDevelopment helps create jobs, increase the number of housing units, revitalize urban environments, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies. Under its Real Estate Technical Assistance program, MassDevelopment works with municipal officials, planners, local stakeholders, and others to address site-specific and districtwide economic development challenges. For more information, please go to www.massdevelopment.com .

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator

nmilano@medfield.net  

781-856-5287

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Trinity Financial interview now on-line

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).

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Date: Tue, Aug 24, 2021 at 3:02 PM
Subject: Trinity interview
To: Kristine Trierweiler <ktrierweiler@medfield.net>

Last night’s interview with Trinity has been posted onto YouTube:
https://youtu.be/bO6V-9hHCl0?t=70


Nicholas J. MilanoAssistant Town Administrator