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May 21, 2021

New $16M Shrewsbury housing development proposed for former Beal school

Screenshot | Courtesy of Town of Shrewsbury A rendering of the proposed Beal Commons mixed-use development in Shrewsbury

Two developers from Medway and Boston are proposing to build a Beal Commons mixed-use development with up to 65 apartments and 20,000 square feet of commercial space at the site of the former Beal Early Childhood Center in Shrewsbury.

Greenly Development of Medway, which was created in 2020, and Civico made their proposal to the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen in the May 11 meeting, according to the video recording of the event posted to the town website.

In the Beal Commons proposal, Greenly is planning the mixed-use development to be set back from the street, so to better increase interaction with the town center where it is located. The construction budget on the project is $16.33 million, and Greenly estimates the proposed project will generate up to $200,000 in tax revenue for the town.

Many of the details were unfinalized in the proposal, but Greenly said it wants to fill the commercial space with three to five local businesses with proven track records in the region. The development team suggested businesses like Greater Good Imperial Brewing Co. and The Fix Burger Bar, but emphasized those were only ideas and not businesses who had committed to the project.

Under the four possible development scenarios, the number of apartments would range between 50 and 65, with 15% of them designated as affordable units.

The design plan called for the incorporation of the town's World War I memorial, which already exists on the site. The architecture would be a New England-style development, mimicking some features of buildings already in town center.

The town put out a request for proposals in September for a developer to remake the former school property, and the joint proposal from Greenly and Civico was the only response.

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