- Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
Media Contact for Commonwealth Provisionally Designates Boston Medical Center Team as Redevelopment Partner for the Shattuck Campus at Morton Street
Stephanie Knapp, Director of External Affairs
Boston — The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced a key step in advancing its plans for the Shattuck Campus at Morton Street by provisionally designating Boston Medical Center and its partners (BMC Team) for the redevelopment of the Campus. With this provisional designation, the BMC Team will begin refining its proposed redevelopment plans based on considerations such as public feedback and funding availability.
This announcement follows the Commonwealth’s June 2022 Request for Proposals (RFP) and an internal evaluation process. The RFP was informed by extensive engagement with neighbors, elected officials, a community advisory group, advocates, and other stakeholders.
The Commonwealth’s vision for this site, which is statutorily deed-restricted for public health use, is an innovative campus that promotes health, reduces barriers to treatment, integrates physical and behavioral health care with supportive housing, and prioritizes connections to the natural environment.
The BMC Team's initial proposal includes two facilities with 326 treatment beds, 200 units of permanent supportive housing, 205 units of family supportive housing, 120 emergency housing beds, and seven-plus acres of green and open space. The proposal does not represent a final plan for implementation and will be subject to further dialogue with the Commonwealth and community representatives.
“The vision for this site was developed with our partners in the community, the providers on the front lines of our housing and health care systems, and leaders in this cross-agency collaborative effort,” said Mary Beckman, Senior Advisor, Executive Office of Health and Human Services. “This project will ensure that this campus improves connections between patients and critical care, particularly for the chronically unhoused and those struggling with substance use disorders.”
“The proposed redevelopment of the Shattuck site leans in to the Commonwealth’s commitment to utilize this space to improve public health,” said Dr. Robert Goldstein, Commissioner, Department of Public Health. “The vision creates a multiuse campus that embraces housing first, promotes harm reduction, and meets people where they areit will effectively and efficiently provide the most vulnerable community members with the resources they need.”
“This prospective redevelopment partnership represents a creative and cost-effective way to take a state asset that is beyond its useful life and leverage it into support for those most vulnerable in our communities,” said Carol Gladstone, Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance. “By prioritizing supportive housing on this site, integrating access to vital programs and services, and improving green space and connections to the neighborhood, this project has the potential to meet a key regional demand in a transformative way.”
“At BMC, we understand the compelling need to reshape how care is delivered to impact the complex crisis of mental illness and substance use disorders, and the resulting challenge of homelessness,” said Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center Health System. “People suffering from these conditions require a new model of care—one that offers an integrated continuum of services, delivered by leading experts devoted to long-term solutions. We are proud to partner with esteemed community-based organizations on this novel healthcare-and-housing model.”
In a related project, the Commonwealth is in process of relocating Shattuck Hospital services to the East Newton Pavilion in the South End. Construction of the Newton Pavilion facility is expected to be completed in 2026.
To learn more about the Shattuck Campus at Morton Street please visit the Commonwealth’s project website.