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Friday, July 7, 2006

Down to the wire for Medfield State

MEDFIELD

Just a few weeks ahead of a deadline for a vote in the state Legislature, the state Department of Mental Health has requested a change to the plans to redevelop Medfield State Hospital.

The DMH has requested that 44 out of a proposed 440 housing units be
reserved for clients of the department.

Town officials worry the change could scare away developers because of lower profit margins for the sale of those units and trouble the DMH clients, who would be isolated from stores and public transportation at the hospital campus.

State officials said the request would match the terms of other hospital redevelopment plans, like the Danvers and Metropolitan properties.

Officials involved want to finalize the plan so legislators can vote on it before they switch to an informal session August 1. The next formal session begins next year.

--Charlie Russo

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