Completed Disposition of State-Owned Real Property
Description of Property
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAMM) has executed a Land Disposition Agreement with the Lena New Boston LLC as the developer for the remaining portions of the former Boston State Hospital Campus. The property consists of two (2) non-contiguous parcels of land totaling 35+ acres, located in the Mattapan and Dorchester neighborhoods. Approximately 20 acres is on the West Campus along Harvard Street between Morton Street and Walk Hill Street; and approximately 15 acres, is located on the East Campus along American Legion Highway between Morton Street and Austin Street. The developer is a collaboration of the Lena Park Community Development Corporation and New Boston Development Partners LLC.
The site was once a sprawling 250-acre campus serving the mentally ill in the metro-Boston area until 1979. It is now an exciting and rare opportunity for integrating mixed-use housing and commercial/institutional development in an area nestled within the Olmsted Emerald Necklace park system, and at the corners of the three residential neighborhoods of Mattapan, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain.
Disposition Process and Economic Benefits
The disposition, development, and reuse of the Property is undertaken in accordance with and subject to Chapter 60 of the Acts of 1994 and Chapter 159 of the Acts of 2000, the Boston State Hospital CAC Development Guidelines (May '93), the Master Plan Framework: Unlocking Boston State Hospital's Potential (October '93), and the Master Plan Framework Update (December '02).
The Master Plan reflects the collaborative land use planning efforts of DCAM, along with the Citizens Advisory Committee, local elected officials, and the City of Boston along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The Master Plan incorporates five basic themes into an implementation strategy for redevelopment of the Disposition Property: 1.) Development Feasibility; 2.) Community Economic Benefits; 3.) Limits on Development; 4.) Urban Design; 5.) Provisions for the mentally ill (housing, job training, employment, services, "Heritage House").
The Lena New Boston development proposal, entitled "Olmsted Green," provides a creative mixed-use development plan offering housing, recreation, and economic development benefits, while respecting and preserving the natural open space characteristics of the site. Approximately 500 units of housing are to be built for sale and rental at various income levels, and include units for seniors and clients of the Department of Mental Health. Economic development opportunities are a fundamental aspect of the plan, with the establishment of agriculture and aquaculture businesses, a job-training center, and a recreational facility. "Heritage House" will commemorate and support efforts aiding people with mental illnesses.