The Disposition Process
MEDFIELD, MA – “Disposition” is the technical term for selling public property in accordance with requirements under Massachusetts procurement laws (MGL CH 30B). The Town of Medfield formally initiated a potential disposition of portions of the former Medfield State Hospital in 2021, building on earlier activities including the 2014 purchase from the state, the 2015-2018 strategic reuse plan effort, and the 2019 Special Town Meeting to adopt new zoning for the property.
In April 2021, the Town released a Request for Proposals which was released widely in accordance with the requirement found in the Land Disposition Agreement from the State. Two proposals (one with three variations) were submitted ahead of the deadline in August 2021. The Medfield State Hospital Development Committee (MSHDC) solicited public comment, interviewed both developers , and evaluated the proposals under the requirements of CH 30B to make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen. The MSHDC recommended and the Board of Selectmen approved naming Trinity Financial’s proposal as most advantageous for the Town. The Town then entered into an exclusive due diligence period with Trinity Financial.
In June 2022, the Town will hold a Special Town Meeting to seek authority to “dispose” of portions of the property to Trinity Financial, in accordance with their proposal as may be modified following completion of due diligence and the terms of a negotiated Land Disposition Agreement with the Town. This vote will require 2/3 approval at the Special Town Meeting, just as it did in 2014 when the Town held a Special Town Meeting to buy the property from the Commonwealth and in 2019 when the Town created a new zoning district for the hospital property.
On April 6, 2022, the MSHDC held a listening session (watch it here on YouTube) where the MSHDC provided an overview of the Town’s history with the Medfield State Hospital, the land disposition process, Trinity’s proposal, and additional steps leading up to the proposed June Special Town Meeting .
More public information meetings will be announced soon, but please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:
- May 18 at 11 am: Trinity Financial presentation at the Council on Aging for seniors
- May 18 at 7 pm: Trinity Financial presentation at the Council on Aging for the general public. This information session will also be available on Zoom.
- Jun 9, 2022 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
For more information, please go to https://www.town.medfield.net/1959/Medfield-State-Hospital.
Please use the form at this link to submit questions and comments to the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee regarding Trinity Financial's proposed redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital.