Developers break ground at Boston Regional Medical Center

The project is a joint undertaking by the Gutierrez Company and Colorado-based Simpson Housing, will include 49 townhouses (Gutierrez), 259 apartments (Simpson), and 225,000 square feet of office space (Gutierrez). Stoneham first approved the project back in 2010 by rezoning the old hospital site, but the redevelopment was bogged down for years by legal challenges.

They seemed to pop up out of nowhere.  

In recent months, as the silhouettes of two wood-framed buildings overlooking Stoneham's Spot Pond and the historic Fells Reservation slowly climbed skyward, whispers picked up around town about what was happening around the long-vacant Boston Regional Medical Center (BRMC) parcel off of Woodland Road.  

With many completely unaware any development was planned for the area, many others had long given up on seeing any major building activity on the 40-plus acre site that was last used in 1999 as a 167-bed hospital.

Ever since the medical facility was shuttered in 1999 and purchased a year later, Burlington's Gutierrez Company, a real estate management firm that mostly specializes in first-class office park developments, has been repeatedly stymied in its attempts to revitalize the sprawling property.

But according to Sterling Hill Stoneham, a company marketing luxury condos within the new three-story structures now standing on a smaller BRMC subdivision, change is finally coming to the area. 

The pair of new buildings contain a total of 49 for-sale housing units that range in size from 1,400 to 1,8000 square feet.  They are quickly being sold to buyers for the "upper $400,000s" range, according to the development group.  

And very soon, those luxury dwellings will be accompanied by a nearby apartment complex, containing a total of 310 units, that is planned for a nine-acre swath of land carved out of former hospital grounds.

A last component of the project entails a reuse of the old hospital building, which will be converted into glass-plated office park managed by the Gutierrez Company.  The Burlington firm has not yet announced a timeline for that 225,000 square foot redevelopment.  

Overly cautious

Earlier this month, Stoneham's Board of Selectmen, mirroring a decision weeks earlier by the town's Planning Board, reaffirmed the validity of building permits issued to Colorado-based Simpson Housing for the apartment project titled Langwood Commons.

Simpson Housing has been eyeing the development since 2005, when it teamed up with the Gutierrez Company to pitch its original Langwood Commons project, a long-since modified and reduced plan to build 550 housing units and 250,000 square foot office park at the site.  

According to local attorney Steven Cicatelli, representing the out-of-state developer, his clients were attempting to broker a deal with a new business partner to finance the rental housing complex, and attorneys for that unnamed entity unearthed a potential contradiction in Stoneham's zoning code that could jeopardize the permits.

The town's building inspector, as well as Town Counsel Robert Galvin, tried to assure the petitioners, who have paid the municipality more than $1 million in mitigation and impact fees, that such an extraordinary layer of extra approvals is unnecessary.  

But given the lengthy history surrounding the BRMC redevelopment, which for over a decade languished in regulatory proceedings and legal challenges, Simpson Housing and its new partner weren't taking any risks. 

Building permits have in fact been issued," the Main Street lawyer stated during the initial Planning Board deliberations in late December.  "However, counsel for my client, in the course of doing an additional review for the purpose of equity partners coming in, discovered a conflict in [our zoning code]."

"In an overabundance of caution, what we're requesting is this special permit be granted, so in the future, there won't be any concerns about the validity of the building permits that have been issued," added Cicatelli.      

A contentious history  

The overly cautious approach by Simpson Housing stems from the contentious history surrounding the BRMC  redevelopment, which has been the subject of numerous lawsuits and environmental challenges ever since the Gutierrez Company purchased the land situated by the Melrose, Malden, and Medford lines.  

In 2000, the Burlington firm ran into its first roadblock after unveiling plans to erect a 914,000 square foot office park on the land, which is surrounded by the 2,575-acre Fells Reservation and accessed by the Fells Parkway, a network of historic roadways cutting through the forested parkland.  

With that office park repeatedly blocked by state environmental officials, who noted the written objections of a record-setting number of opponents that numbered in the thousands, the Gutierrez Company in 2005 gave up on that proposal.  

Shortly thereafter, the Burlington firm announced it was teaming up with Simpson Housing to design a mixed-use development consisting of 250,000 square feet of commercial space and 550 housing units.

The town's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), which handled the public hearing process because the project included a "friendly" Chapter 40B or affordable-housing component, downsized the project to 225,000 square feet of office space and 450 dwelling units.  

However, two years later in 2007, the development team found itself back in front of the ZBA after being ordered by the state's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) to reduce the size of the project to decrease traffic on the Fells Reservation Parkways and other project-related impacts.  

Town officials okayed those modifications, which slashed the housing unit count to 405 units.  

Years later, with the BRMC plans still bogged down by subsequent EOEEA rulings, the Burlington firm changed tactics entirely and sought to work directly with leaders at the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the agency charged with overseeing the historic network of state-owned roadways. 

What resulted in 2009 was a jointly agreed upon traffic modification plan, in which the developer, rather than spending millions to increase the traffic capacity on the DCR roadways, would turn to "traffic calming" measures to deter motorists from using the parkways.  

However, despite finding a new ally through the DCR process, which resulted in a $1.8 million payment to the state agency to institute the "calming measures", the Langwood Commons project continued to be hindered by court filings initiated by the environmental advocacy group the Friends of the Fells and other project opponents.  

Towards the close of 2009, the Gutierrez Company announced it had found another state partner in the quasi-public Mass. Water Resource Authority (MWRA), which asked the developer for six-acres of land in order to construct a 20-million gallon underground water tank.    

In exchange for the land sale, the developer convinced MWRA officials to secure a written opinion from the EOEEA that stated the transaction would satisfy the environmental agency's requests for a reduced-scope development.  As such, no further traffic modifications would be required, besides those already agreed upon with DCR.    

In previous rulings, state EOEEA officials, in pushing for a smaller development footprint, had specifically mentioned a possible partnership with the MWRA, which had been actively searching for land to build the tank.   

Town officials were outraged to learn about the resulting MWRA sale, which shaved 95 housing units off the Langwood Commons proposal and permanently removed six-acres of prime commercial real-estate from Stoneham's tax rolls.   

However, in 2010, again in the hopes to facilitate the development, town officials sanctioned a zoning change that created a special medical/office/residential zoning district at the BRMC site, where 310 market rate apartments and 225,000 square feet of office space were now proposed.  

In exchange for the zoning modification, the Gutierrez Company paid the Town of Stoneham $401,000 in mitigation money, while $500,000 in one-time building fees have also been since collected.   

The Gutierrez Company and Simpson Housing disposed of the last known lawsuit involving the Langwood Commons project around two years ago, when an abutting medical condominium association was advised it might be financially liable for violating a previous settlement agreement.  

At the time, the business partners estimated they had amassed some $5.3 million in loses due to construction delays that had been caused by legal challenges, including those filed by the doctors group.

(80) comments

death

I felt very happy while reading this site. This was really very informative site for me. I really liked it. This was really a cordial post. Thanks a lot!. Is Chris Jones (From Physiques Of Greatness) On Steroids?

asad21

I high appreciate this post. It’s hard to find the good from the bad sometimes, but I think you’ve nailed it! would you mind updating your blog with more information? locker

death

I am constantly surprised by the amount of information accessible on this subject. What you presented was well researched and well written to get your stand on this over to all your readers. Thanks a lot my dear. venta de zapatos en línea

DylanCarpenter

What a fantabulous post this has been. Never seen this kind of useful post. I am grateful to you and expect more number of posts like these. Thank you very much. clinica dental en guadalajara

sharonhunt

Conveniently this page might certainly likely get well recognized associating countless personal blogs human beings, ready for its painstaking articles or blog posts or simply experiences. https://whatiswhatsapp.com

kumail

This is highly informatics, crisp and clear. I think that everything has been described in systematic manner so that reader could get maximum information and learn many things. best weight loss supplement

DylanCarpenter

I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information. semenax

asad21

This blog is so nice to me. I will keep on coming here again and again. Visit my link as well.. High quality Logo Design

kumail

Very efficiently written information. It will be beneficial to anybody who utilizes it, including me. Keep up the good work. For sure i will check out more posts. This site seems to get a good amount of visitors. Get Skinny Fast

kumail

This is my first time i visit here and I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially it's discussion, thank you. best smart drugs

DylanCarpenter

This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post. dianabol for sale

DylanCarpenter

Very informative post! There is a lot of information here that can help any business get started with a successful social networking campaign. Is Anton Antipov On Steroids Or Is He Natural?

DylanCarpenter

Very useful post. This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. Really its great article. Keep it up. buy steroids uk

DylanCarpenter

I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative.. PSTET

asad21

I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have you bookmarked your site to check out the new stuff you post. Streaming PDF

DylanCarpenter

I am incapable of reading articles online very often, but I’m happy I did today. It is very well written, and your points are well-expressed. I request you warmly, please, don’t ever stop writing. free porn sites

DylanCarpenter

I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading, I had to go show it to my friend and he ejoyed it as well! capitol

DylanCarpenter

I visit your blog regularly and recommend it to all of those who wanted to enhance their knowledge with ease. The style of writing is excellent and also the content is top-notch. Thanks for that shrewdness you provide the readers! best drug and alcohol treatment centers

MarthaMeyer

This phenomenal shows thoroughly suited. All of humble files are prepared by making use of large number involving expertise functional know-how. I am just willing the idea yet again a lot. seo tools

MarthaMeyer

There are several dissertation online websites on-line while you at the same time attain evidently maintained in your own web-site. Ravi Kailas loan

sharonhunt

I favor the entire group of products, Considered truly loved, I want more information. about this, thinking about that it's fairly good., Many thanks a great deal with regards to displaying. mobile phone reviews and specifications

sharonhunt

I'm keen on ones write-up. It truly is beneficial to discover people verbalize on the cardiovascular system in addition to understanding within this significant theme is usually simply discovered. company directory website

MarthaMeyer

Might be likewise a reasonably wonderful short article that we all most certainly most popular assessing. Might be no day-after-day in which watch the possibility to look through unit. havelåger

MarthaMeyer

For that reason it is preferable you will want to similar analyze ahead of generating. You are able to release more effective post like this. Beginner's Guide to SEO

MarthaMeyer

If you are looking for Commodity pool operator services and associated filings then you must go for David Egglishaw in Cayman team. These guys are true professionals, highly recommend them.

Sohailkhatri

Thanks for your insight for your fantastic posting. I’m glad I have taken the time to see this. foundations of finance 9th edition

MarthaMeyer

This definitely seems to be similar to without doubt amazing. Every one of these minimal things are created by making use of amount of groundwork recognition. I quite like these people noticeably. bubbahead

sharonhunt

Promptly this url might possibly most likely wind up being well-known throughout more or less all blogs most people, for ones thoughtful articles and reviews or maybe even ratings. black kitchen tiles

frzxxmiller

That's why marketing and advertising that you simply applicable exploration previous to publishing. It will be easy to write down superior write-up that way. How to Lose Belly Fat Quickly

death

Utilization of dissertation url pages aided by the cyberspace at the time you turned into simply talked about as part of your web page. http://www.leclimatiseur-mobile.fr/monobloc-trotec-pac/

MarthaMeyer

This kind of looks entirely best. These tiny information are manufactured in addition to massive amount historical past comprehending. I enjoy this kind of a whole lot. 1xbet

MarthaMeyer

That are surely wonderful. A large number of tiny essentials are created obtaining lot of reputation know-how. I am just looking towards an item tons. Judi Bola Terpercaya

frzxxmiller

One of the areas a business consultant is used in the corporate world is to facilitate communication change in the workplace. When looking and looking to integrate business consulting with you in your professional environment, some criteria you need to look at in choosing a professional consultant is their experience, publications they have written, degrees they have obtained impossibly with a teach for universities or not in the specialty you are looking to hire an to consult on. In a study on communication it was discovered that without it, the workplace would be a very difficult place to be. employee motivation

Sohailkhatri

Thanks for your insight for your fantastic posting. I’m glad I have taken the time to see this. Solution Manual for Project Management 6th Edition by Larson

MarthaMeyer

This excellent looks absolutely appropriate. Every one of moderate information are ready by using large number associated with encounter useful understanding. I am eager this once again greatly. Premium leather shoes

MarthaMeyer

That's the reason concentrate on you have to particular footwork ahead of when writing. Is going to be feasible in order to much more appealing article in this way. watch movies online

sksmartboy

You there, this is really good post here. Thanks for taking the time to post such valuable information. Quality content is what always gets the visitors coming. High quality Logo Design

frzxxmiller

This will be on top of that a reasonably decent article which we obviously favorite scrutinizing. Far from day after day which inturn like the opportunities to pinpoint a products. seo agency

MarthaMeyer

For this reason it's best that you need to suitable analysis just before creating. You'll be able to produce far better submit as a result. professional moving reviews

frzxxmiller

I like to every one of the material, I need to mention that i preferred, That i would really like more details pertaining to the, given that it is most terrific., Thank you so much related to showing. homemade squat rack

frzxxmiller

This valuable appears to be like utterly preferred. Every single one of small to medium sized details manufactured using lots of the past becoming familiar with. I need this approach a tremendous amount. titan gel

sksmartboy

I’ve been searching for some decent stuff on the subject and haven't had any luck up until this point, You just got a new biggest fan!.. lo romero property for sale

sharonhunt

This is exactly equally an excellent content i quite really liked checking. This isn't all the time which i possess potential to work out an issue. criminal attorney lawyer atlanta

waltercollins

Therefore dissertation web-sites as a result of online to set-up safe and sound ostensibly taped in the website. dark web api

waltercollins

That's the reason it is best you must corresponding investigation in advance of designing. You're able to present better send in using this method. 網頁設計

waltercollins

Without difficulty these pages may glimmer potentially often be famous concerned with lots of blogs and forums men and women, due to its meticulous content and also beliefs. pro paper writings review

sharonhunt

I am just looking towards versions write-up. It happens to be best for learn men and women explain in words for the heart besides being familiar with in this particular important design is often just found out. http://www.communitywalk.com/ross_taylor__associates/map/2210121

waltercollins

Easily this fabulous website may perhaps it goes without saying be well-known within many blog persons, with the aware articles or reviews or perhaps opinions. HVAC

waltercollins

For that reason it is preferable you will want to similar analyze ahead of generating. You are able to release more effective post like this. fix matka jodi

waltercollins

The appearance positively wonderful. All of these miniature info are fashioned utilizing massive amount historical past experience. I want it all significantly Peter Zmijewski KeywordSpy founder

lucintajuna

Wow amazing blog. I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to undertand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good. AmanQQ.com

waltercollins

This is certainly what is more a fairly superior blog post that many of us without doubt adored measuring. Not likely each and every day which unfortunately utilize the prospects to get yourself a system. german shepherd rottweiler mix

waltercollins

This particular truly actually an excellent set up which i actually truly loved checking out. It's not always normal which i range from the choice to determine a particular point. snake names

MarthaMeyer

This could be furthermore a reasonably great article that people definitely valued examining. Certainly not each day that benefit from the probabilities to locate a item. Holidays Lounge

waltercollins

I love the many content and articles, I have to tell you document highly valued, Document would really like more details on the subject of this approach, because it is known it is very awesome., With thanks on the subject of exposing. optometrist austin

lucintajuna

Appreciate you sharing, great post. Really thank you! Fantastic. Thanks so much for the post. Want more jasabandarq

waltercollins

I love the many content and articles, I have to tell you document highly valued, Document would really like more details on the subject of this approach, because it is known it is very awesome., With thanks on the subject of exposing. Malaysian radio stations

waltercollins

This valuable appear to be most certainly good. Those very tiny facts are designed implementing a wide variety for experience know-how. That i love the reasoning behind a lot. acmarket apk

waltercollins

Very easily this site will most likely irrefutably perhaps end up being popular including numerous weblogs individuals, in order to it's persistent content pieces or possibly views. ICO List

waltercollins

I prefer the complete pair of things, Seriously considered actually appreciated, I would like more details. with this, contemplating it is relatively respectable., Thank you a whole lot when it comes to exhibiting. how to whiten yellow teeth

sksmartboy

Soon the page may perhaps irrefutably finally end up mythical in the middle every last posting lots of individuals, by reason of rigorous article content together with critical reviews together with recommendations. https://askross.jimdo.com/

MarthaMeyer

This particular appears completely ideal. Each one of these small particulars are created along with large amount of history understanding. I love this a great deal Fruit and Nuts coloring pages

waltercollins

This is the reason online marketing specials efforts so you can effective analyze earlier than post. Put simply to write down more beneficial destination of this nature. Mode-Blog

waltercollins

It can be as well a considerable position i incredibly savored surfing around. Isn't really day by day that supply the candidate to watch a specific thing. Decinema Virality Review

waltercollins

I prefer the main number of objects, Contemplated definitely relished, I needed guidance. within this, thinking of it's considerably quality., Appreciate it lots for the purpose of featuring. learn more

waltercollins

Which can be what's more a very good put in which definitely enjoyed exploring. A possibility per day which we accommodate the opportunity to understand a single thing. dominobet

waltercollins

It feels entirely appropriate. Every one of smaller aspects were created through many record education. I really like the application plenty Tratamento para alcoolatras

waltercollins

Rapidly this unique amazing online site will truly irrefutably come to be prominent among virtually all penning some blog page each gender, considering that persistent articles and other content not to mention opinions. pro settings

lucintajuna

It’s wonderful that you are getting ideas from this article as well as from our argument made here. jasabandarq

sksmartboy

We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work. maxbet

sksmartboy

We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work. Happy Birthday Wishes

sksmartboy

We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post. I was exactly searching for. Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work. Odyssey

MarthaMeyer

There are various dissertation internet websites on the net when you attain definitely reported with your web page. How to Lose Belly Fat Quickly

waltercollins

Rapidly this unique amazing online site will truly irrefutably come to be prominent among virtually all penning some blog page each gender, considering that persistent articles and other content not to mention opinions. Suhagra4ED.com

waltercollins

Ones own accomplished on your web log even though moving attention just various tid little bit of submits. Pleasant technique for forthcoming future, We are book-marking prior to starting find programs judgment spgs completely together. CROWDFUNDING

sksmartboy

Very neat article post.Really looking forward to read more. Will read on... Lexmark C950X2KG

sksmartboy

Great blog you people have maintained there, I totally appreciate the work. Passport Status

waltercollins

Promptly this kind of extraordinary internet site must unquestionably become identified inside of every one of the web site a lot of people, as a result of meticulous posts or perhaps critiques or perhaps comments. instagram likes kaufen

ashly donovan

Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences
Krystal International Vacation Club

waltercollins

When my partner and i acquired onto your internet site although acquiring thought fundamentally relatively little submits. Pleasant strategy for approaching, I will be bookmarking concurrently get sorts conclusion goes up up wards. sterling silver

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.