Law Authorizing Town to Develop Westborough State Hospital Property Signed by Governor Patrick

Legislation will enable open space, economic development opportunities for Westborough

BOSTON, MA – Legislation that would authorize the sale of the former Westborough State Hospital property to the town of Westborough was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. Bill H4157, which is sponsored by Senator Eldridge Eldridge (D-Acton), Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Westborough), Representative Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) and Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough), authorizes the town of Westborough to control how the property is developed.

“I was proud to partner with the Town of Westborough to help reach an agreement to move forward on this legislation,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “This measure represents our collective vision to ensure that we protect open space and promote economic development and will provide future growth opportunities for the Town of Westborough.”

“We are looking forward to working with the town to determine what the best use will be for interested parties and for the residents and taxpayers in Westborough,” said Representative Danielle Gregoire. “This is the first step in a long process and I am proud to have been a part of it and look forward to being involved going forward.”

“I am pleased that the town of Westborough can now take control of the valuable State Hospital property,” said Representative Carolyn Dykema. “This legislation unlocks countless unique opportunities to better the town of Westborough and its citizens. This law will give the town the power to choose how to put the land to better use.”

“It’s great to see our home rule petition passed in the Legislature,” said Representative Matthew Beaton. “This has been a long time coming for Westborough and I’m excited for the town as it moves ahead to the next phase with input from town residents and local officials on how best to unlock the potential of the State Hospital land.”

The Westborough State Hospital, which opened in 1884 and joined the National Register of Historic Places in 1994, closed in 2010. The bill allows the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management to sell much of the 300-acre property to Westborough. The state will finance the sale in the form of a zero-interest loan over 10 years.

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