What are we selling? What are we keeping?
MEDFIELD, MA – Under the terms of an agreement being negotiated with Trinity Financial and subject to a Yes vote at Special Town Meeting, the Town of Medfield would eventually transfer approximately 45 acres of land north of Hospital Road to Trinity Financial. The land is almost entirely within the Core Campus and West Slope subzones of the Medfield State Hospital District and is characterized by brick buildings listed on the national and state registers of historic places and within Hospital Farm Historic District. Trinity would obtain federal and state historic tax credits for purposes of redeveloping the majority of the existing buildings into rental housing, and is not proposing to construct any new buildings on site.
Even after an affirmative vote at Special Town Meeting, the land will not transfer until all permits and approvals have been obtained and Trinity has assembled all of the financial resources necessary to start construction on the project, currently estimated at June, 2023. Following construction completion (currently estimated at December, 2025), roads within the new development will be public and the campus will retain the open and welcoming environment established following the Town’s purchase of certain parcels of hospital land from the state in 2014.
The Town will not be selling certain areas of the site which were included for possible sale within the developer Request for Proposals (RFP) issued in April, 2021. These are primarily areas zoned for open space, recreational, and agricultural uses:
- The Green: the vast green space that runs along Hospital Road and goes up the hill towards the Core Campus (16 acres)
- The North Field: the “non-buildable” portion of the large open field north of the Core Campus (15.06 acres)
- The Arboretum: the area that includes the cottages and other buildings near the stone gate to the east of the site (10.89 acres)
The Town will also retain lands that were never included in the developer Request for Proposals:
- The Water Tower Parcel - the site of one of the Town’s two water standpipes, key parts of the Town’s water infrastructure.
- The Laundry Parcel – this parcel, near the Charles River Overlook, is still owned by the state and must complete environmental remediation before the Town will take ownership.
- The Cultural Alliance of Medfield’s leased premises – in 2018, the Town voted to lease the Chapel and Infirmary buildings and some abutting land within the Core Campus to CAM for purposes of developing a proposed Cultural Arts Center.
- All lands south of Hospital Road, including the sledding hill, totaling 38 acres.
In summary, the 45 acres proposed for eventual transfer to Trinity Financial is approximately 35% of the 127 acres acquired by the Town from the State for $3.1 million. The Town will retain approximately 80 acres, or 65% of the hospital lands acquired in 2014, while ensuring that all areas of the former Medfield State Hospital campus remain open and accessible for residents to enjoy for years to come.
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 public. This information session will also be available on Zoom.
- Jun 9, 2022at 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.