The vision for the redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital is intended to reflect the values of the Medfield Community. The redeveloped site should also be a resource to residents of other surrounding towns. To that end, the goal is to collect input from residents regarding their values, and to understand the impact that those values might have on the ultimate vision for the property.
In November 2014, the Town, acting through its Medfield State Hospital Master Planning Committee, put out a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to hire a consulting team to prepare a Strategic Reuse Master Plan for the Medfield State Hospital Core Campus and Sledding Hill plus adjacent Town-owned properties. The work will include:
- Evaluation of existing resources
- Public participation program
- Conceptual land use scenario development
- Evaluation of financial implications for the Town
- Zoning and design guidelines development
- Implementation program and funding resources
- Preparation of developer RFP package for disposition or development
Work is ongoing on the Master Plan.
The master planning process will build upon the work that the Medfield State Hospital Advisory Committee used leading up to the Town Meeting vote to purchase the property:
- Surveys and polls conducted via this website
- Public comment submitted via this site or our facebook page
- A brainstorming workshop for town departments and officials, which was held on December 12, 2013, and is summarized here.
- Public brainstorming workshop which was conducted on January 11, 2014 with the assistance of the strategic planning firm Howard/Stein-Hudson and the landscape architecture firm Dodson & Flinker. You can view the slideshow presentation from the forum here.
- A public vote on the plan at Town Meeting on March 10, in which the warrant articles related to purchase of the property from the state passed with near unanimous support.
- A public vote at the Town Election on March 31, in which the measure to authorize the borrowing needed for the purchase passed overwhelmingly.
- The final report from the visioning process is available here.