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State Hospital Public Visioning Workshop on Saturday

The public is encouraged to share their input on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Photos at Medfield State Hospital. Credit: Alec Stevens.
Photos at Medfield State Hospital. Credit: Alec Stevens.
The State Hospital Advisory Committee will hold a Visioning Workshop on Saturday, Jan. 11, which the public is encouraged to attend. 

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Center at Medfield, One Ice House Road. 

"It's a five-hour event broken up into two parts. The first half is a "What would you like?" discussion with information, back story and history; then lunch with some case studies; and the afternoon will be scenario-building," explained Medfield Town Planner Sarah Raposa. 

The Board of Selectmen has agreed to the terms of the potential sale of approximately 134 acres of the Medfield State Hospital (MSH) property to the Town; however, a transaction will take place only after a detailed purchase and sales agreement has been agreed upon and approved by the residents of Medfield 
at a special town meeting that will be scheduled in the next few months.  

In preparation for this important decision, on January 11, 2014 the State Hospital Advisory Committee (SHAC) will hold a Visioning Workshop to learn the views and comments of residents for potential uses of the property.  

Presentations made by members of SHAC will cover a variety of topics including: 
  • factual background information on the property and buildings, 
  • details regarding the terms of the sale offered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the Town of Medfield, and 
  • summaries of surveys and studies concerning various aspects of the site.  
  • Participants -- organized in small break-out groups -- will engage in brain-storming and discussion sessions of the opportunities and issues.  

In the afternoon participants will join in building scenarios for alternative future land uses and building types located on the MSH property. The session will include 
refreshments and lunch.

The purpose of this important workshop is to give all interested parties the opportunity to have their voices heard regarding the future of Medfield's last remaining large tracts of land. 

For detailed information on the Medfield State Hospital, or for information regarding a cancellation due to weather, visit mshvision.net or facebook.com/MSHVision.net.

For more information, contact Medfield Town Planner Sarah Reposa at sraposa@medfield.net or 508-906-3027. 
Colleen M. Sullivan January 07, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Is there a sign up to attend this on Saturday? And if so, do you choose which part to attend?
GM January 08, 2014 at 08:54 AM
People are asked to sign up for this session in advance and, ideally, they would plan to stay for the full session. The morning is focused on providing information about the State Hospital site to the people who attend the session and the afternoon is focused on gathering ideas from them about what they would like to see the town do with the site. Lunch is being provided, which is one reason why it helps to have a good headcount for the session ahead of time. To sign up for the session, you just need to either call or email Sarah Raposa at the email address or phone number provided at the end of this article.
Colleen M. Sullivan January 08, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Thank you, very helpful additional info!

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