Shattuck Campus at Morton Street Planning

The Commonwealth has completed a vision planning process for the future use of the Shattuck Campus in Jamaica Plain.

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The Commonwealth has completed a 12+ month vision planning process for the future use of the 13-acre Shattuck Campus in Jamaica Plain.

The purpose of the planning process: to establish a consensus vision for the future use of the Shattuck Campus at Morton Street. The use of the site is restricted to public health purposes, per the statute transferring Shattuck to the State (c. 770, 1949).

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The Plan:

  • Describes existing conditions;
  • Summarizes the planning process and context (including community input);
  • Summarizes the findings from a Health Needs and Services Assessment;
  • Identifies Planning Principles and Design Goals;
  • Provides recommendations for a program and service model that address the findings from Health Needs & Services Assessment.

The recommendations in the Vision Plan will inform a future Request for Proposals (RFP). The purpose of the RFP process is to seek (a) development partner(s) to redevelop the Shattuck Campus at Morton Street, consistent with desired program and planning principles. 

The Vision

The vision for the new Shattuck Campus: a person-centered Campus designed to promote health, reduce barriers to treatment, and integrate care across the physical and behavioral health care and housing systems. The Campus provides a setting that prioritizes connections with the natural environment and is compatible with neighboring Franklin Park.

Planning Principles

  • Integrate Shattuck campus with Franklin Park;
  • Improve access to neighborhoods with public transit, bike and pedestrian options;
  • Increase green and open space;
  • Align with local and state sustainable development goals and strategies;
  • Seek partner(s) to implement a program/service model that reduces barriers to treatment, integrates care within and across the health care and housing systems, and increases the housing supply (a minimum of 75-100 units of permanent supportive housing).

Throughout the planning process, there has been ongoing coordination between the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Mental Health, the Division of Capital Management and Maintenance, as well as the City of Boston, a Community Advisory Board, nearby stakeholders and organizations, and members of the general public. Collaboration among these entities will continue throughout the duration of the project.

Next Steps

In the next phase of planning, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) and DCAMM will work toward redevelopment of the Campus under a long-term ground lease of the property to an experienced development team, partnered with a service provider(s). The long-term lease will be reviewed and approved by the Asset Management Board (AMB) in a public process. During this process, the AMB will also evaluate project feasibility as well as review and approve the competitive developer selection process through a Request for Proposals (RFP). Following AMB approval, EOHHS and DCAMM will issue an RFP for developer response.

Public Comment Opportunities

  • Key elements of the Shattuck Vision Plan will be incorporated into the RFP so that respondents address the vision, planning principles and design goals that grew out of the community process.
  • All AMB meetings are public. The AMB approval process also includes a public hearing. Dates for future AMB meetings which discuss the Shattuck Campus will be posted on this webpage.
  • The Commonwealth will convene the Community Advisory Board at key intervals during the AMB/ RFP process. 
  • The designated developer will be responsible for permitting and outreach following designation, including meetings with the community regarding project vision, design and impact.

Public Health Needs and Opportunities Assessment

The Shattuck Campus at Morton Street planning process and Vision Plan was informed by a Public Health Needs and Opportunities Assessment. This report describes findings from the Assessment, which aimed to:

• Examine key health issues and risk factors for the area overall and by specific geographies and subpopulations, including populations that are disproportionately affected by existing and emerging health concerns and social issues;
• Understand the service landscape and gaps, with a focus on the populations currently being served at the Shattuck Campus; and,
• Inform strategic opportunities for the future of the Shattuck Campus.

During the Assessment process, HRiA engaged diverse perspectives and included a document review and an analysis of secondary and qualitative data gathered at community meetings, events and in key informant interviews.  A summary of the Public Health Needs and Opportunities Assessment is included in Chapter 4 of the Vision Plan

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