McLean Completes Land Transfer to Belmont

June 17, 2005

Cindy Lepore
Public Affairs

Belmont, MA - Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital today transferred nearly 90 acres of its 238-acre campus to the Town of Belmont. McLean President and Psychiatrist in Chief Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Michele Gougeon presented Belmont Selectmen with two deeds-one for 78.47 acres of open space and one for 1.34 acres of land that the town will use for affordable housing.

McLean also presented a third deed to the town's Cemetery Commission, for 9.9 acres of land for future phases of the town's cemetery project. That land, along with the four acres of land McLean transferred to the town last week, brings the total of available cemetery land to 13.9 acres. The town plans to begin development of the first phase of the cemetery this fall.

Today's event marks the completion of land transfers comprising a multi-part Land Use Plan developed collaboratively by McLean and the Town of Belmont, and implemented over the past nine years. A previous transfer of 2,500 square feet of land enabled the town to erect a new public safety telecommunications tower.

The Land Use Plan provides numerous public benefits including the creation of the Highland Meadow Cemetery, the town's first new cemetery since 1859; increased tax revenue opportunities for Belmont; and the protection of 120 acres of open space, now permanently protected by conservation restrictions granted to The Trustees of Reservations. A small parcel of land for use by the town as affordable housing is also included in the plan. Additionally, the plan calls for the sale of certain currently unused portions of McLean's campus, 51 acres in total, for development of a clustered residential housing development, a senior community and a research and development facility. The clustered residential housing development is now under construction by the Northland Residential Corporation. The other two development projects will follow the construction of a new access road from Pleasant Street (Route 60). "We all look forward to the full implementation of the Land Use Plan and the realization of the many benefits for Belmont and McLean," said Gougeon.

McLean Hospital is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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