What are the plans for promoting energy efficiency and sustainability? (Including Solar and Geothermal)

The team will actively integrate sustainability measures that reduce the environmental impact of  this historic rehabilitation to the extent allowable by the National Park Service and the Massachusetts Historic Commission. Building energy use and performance will be a critical component to ensuring that the redevelopment is in alignment with and contributing to the Commonwealth’s climate and carbon neutrality goals. Team members with building science and historic expertise will work collaboratively to develop a rehabilitation plan for these historic buildings that includes comprehensive insulation and air sealing of the structures, accomplishing both energy load reduction as well as long term comfort and operating cost benefits for future residents. Historically appropriate, energy efficient replacement windows will complement the insulation approach to fully address the performance of  the building envelope. The design is in the very earliest stages and Trinity will be exploring the feasibility of incorporating solar technology. Current plans are as follows:

  • Inherently low embodied carbon with the reuse of existing buildings on a currently underutilized site
  • Encourage pedestrian and outdoor activity
  • Improve operational building performance through new systems
  • Sensitive approach to building envelope, including windows and insulation
  • All Electric Systems, including efficient heat pump technology, continuous ventilation, and electric hot water systems
  • High efficiency lighting with occupancy sensors will be incorporated where suitable
  • Energy Star appliances, lighting and low-flow fixtures for residential units.

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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?