Dever School land transfer finalized in Taunton
Thursday, December 22nd 2011
“The Paul A. Dever State School campus redevelopment project is an example of the Patrick-Murray administration’s commitment to making critical infrastructure investment across the Commonwealth,” said Carole Cornelison, commissioner of the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management. “The conveyance of land to MassDevelopment and the Taunton Development Corporation is a major step forward in supporting a project that will spur new economic growth in the region and create hundreds of new jobs.”
The land transfer follows last week’s announcement of a $3.1 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to support redevelopment efforts at the site. It paves the way for the 185-acre redevelopment of the former Dever School core campus, which will expand Myles Standish Industrial Park and create a new life sciences center. Administration officials estimate the development will generate $1.8 million in annual tax revenues and 2,400 jobs.
“The legislation surplusing the land the Commonwealth is transferring today passed in 2002 and 2008,” said state Sen. Marc Pacheco, D-Taunton. “Since then we’ve been searching for a partner in the executive branch who was committed to investing in Southeastern Massachusetts. As indicated to the TDC, the mayor and City Council, I was convinced that this administration was committed to investing in southeastern Massachusetts and becoming partners in this project.
“It’s understandable that some were hesitant in moving forward until they saw the tangible financial commitment, and I’m pleased to say, as anticipated, the Patrick-Murray administration has provided that financial commitment.”
A second land conveyance was also completed to allow the transfer of 9.5 acres of the former Dever School campus to the Taunton Housing Authority for the construction of two new homes for clients of the Department of Developmental Services. The construction of the new homes will relocate the clients, freeing up prime development location, while also providing clients with modern residential homes, state officials said.
The future expansion of Myles Standish Industrial Park took another step forward Thursday when state officials formalized a land transfer of property at the former Paul A. Dever State School to MassDevelopment and the Taunton Development Corp.
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