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. 

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1. What is the status of the Medfield State Hospital redevelopment effort?
2. How can I find out more about the Medfield State Hospital and the proposed redevelopment?
3. Will Medfield residents take a vote on whether to approve the sale?
4. When is the Special Town Meeting?
5. What will we be voting on at Town Meeting?
6. What is the threshold needed to approve the proposed sale at the Town Meeting?
7. Will the proposed Land Disposition Agreement that the Town will sign with Trinity be available for review before the Special Town Meeting?
8. What is the Trinity Financial’s proposal? What type of housing is proposed?
9. What happened to the concept of including commercial space, stores and restaurants?
10. Are there any affordable housing units in the project?
11. 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?
12. What are the projected revenues and expenses (fiscal impact) to the Town if the property is developed in accordance with Trinity’s proposal?
13. What is the Trinity Financial’s proposed purchase price?
14. What kind of public access will there be if the sale is approved?
15. Is there a map of the parts of the MSH property proposed for disposition?
16. Will the North Field and trails remain open and be accessible to the public for both humans and canines?
17. How will people park and access the Overlook and trails?
18. How will this development affect the Town’ water and sewer systems? Do we have enough capacity to support this development?
19. How many units of housing will there be? Will they be rental apartments or ownership condos?
20. What is the largest and smallest unit type? (SF)
21. Will there be housing options reserved for seniors on site?
22. What about public access?