It’s official!

127 acres of the former Medfield State Hospital property belongs to the Town of Medfield. The Selectmen signed the final documents – the LDA or Land Disposition Agreement last night, December 2, 2014. The closing took place today, December 3, 2014 in Dedham.

The transfer of ownership of approximately 127 acres of the former Medfield State Hospital from The Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) to the Town of Medfield took place in early December.  In the negotiated deal, the Town purchased the land for $3.1 million payable in equal installments over ten years.

The purchase includes the approximately 87 acre “core campus” and the approximately 40 acre Sledding Hill across Hospital Road.

The core campus includes over 35 buildings, which are predominantly brick construction and in varying states of disrepair. The cottage style of the buildings symmetrically arranged around a central green represent the first example of this type of architectural layout for a State Hospital.  Consequently, the hospital is registered with The National Historic Register, The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Medfield Historic District Commission.

The Selectmen have appointed a Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee (MSHMPC) to recommend a re-use plan for the property.  Please go to https://www.facebook.com/MSHVision or www.MSHVision.net for updates on the progress regarding this opportunity for the Town.