Beal Reuse Project
The Beal Reuse Committee was established in 2017 to undertake a comprehensive analysis of potential reuses for the Beal Early Childhood Center property. The analysis was to include future public uses as well as the potential benefits of disposing of the property located at 1 Maple Avenue.
In May 2019, the Horsley Witten Group issued a Town Center Visioning Report for the Town of Shrewsbury as a result of public hearings and online surveys. The report outlined the preferences for the reuse of the Beal School property at 1 Maple Avenue when the school is vacated. The Beal Reuse Committee presented their recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on July 9, 2019
In conjunction, the Town held two public forums in November & December 2019 regarding the proposed Shrewsbury Town Center rezoning effort. In October 2019, the Town was awarded a grant from MassDevelopment to create a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the disposition of the Beal School property. In January 2020, the Town began the process for developing the RFP for the property located at 1 Maple Ave, the Beal School Building.
The Board of Selectmen and Beal Reuse Committee met to discuss and kick-off the RFP process with our consultant Horsley Witten Group. The consultant also met with the Town Center Association to further discuss this work. The RFP was written based on the Town Center Visioning Study, the Beal Reuse Committee recommendations to the Board of Selectmen, and two public forums and focus groups that were held. The Board of Selectmen discussed the establishment and charge of a Beal RFP Selection Committee on January 28, 2020.
A rezoning proposal was submitted for the Annual Town Meeting in May 2020 to create the Town Center District where the Former Beal School is located. Public hearings with the Planning Board were held in March and April 2020. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development was issued September 15, 2020 and is available here. Civico/Greenly responded to the RFP and their proposal can be found here.
During 2021, the Beal RFP Selection Committee provided recommendations on the RFP and the Board of Selectmen received an update presentation on June 8, 2021 regarding the disposition of the Former Beal School. The Board of Selectmen held a Selectmen's Roundtable on June 29, 2021 regarding the Former Beal School. On July 28, 2021 the Board of Selectmen engaged with Landwise in assistance with the negotiation of the sale of the property.
On December 7, 2021, the Board of Selectmen held a public hearing at Oak Middle School to receive public comment on the proposal by Civico/Greenly. The Town gave a presentation on the project and Civico/Greenly gave a presentation on their proposal to the public as well. Following that meeting, the Board reviewed feedback from the public that they received at the public hearing, but also through correspondence at subsequent meetings on December 14, 2021 and January 11, 2022.
On January 25, 2022, the Board of Selectmen voted to authorize the Town Manager to negotiate a Land Disposition Agreement with Civico/Greenly for 1 through 7 Maple Avenue, the former Beal School. At the meeting they outlined parameters for the Town Manager to negotiate an agreement based on the feedback the Board received at the December 7, 2021 public hearing and subsequent correspondence they received.
The existing Beal School at 1 Maple Ave is now vacant with the new Howard W. Beal Elementary School at 214 Lake Street opened. The Beal Reuse Committee/Beal RFP Committee agendas and minutes can be found here.