THE ENTERPRISE - Long stagnant Lakeville Hospital property may finally be seeing new life
By Robert Barboza /
LAKEVILLE - Five of
the eight parcels of Lakeville Hospital land off Main Street have been conveyed
to new owners after a recent auction and several entities are negotiating to
finalize the sale of the two key parcels at the heart of the mixed use
The prime parcels
headed toward closing in the near future include Lot 5, a 12.09 acre lot on
Main Street where the main hospital building sits, and Lot 4, a 17.56 acre
parcel where the multi-story former nurses dormitory and other support
buildings are located, J.J. Manning Auctioneers principal Justin Manningreported.
There was lots of
interest in the auction, and the potential bidders came armed with checks and
plenty of interesting ideas about redeveloping the hospital campus, Manningsaid. As of last week, the owner had "closed on five of the eight parcels, and
conveyed them to new entities," he confirmed.
Three other business
entities were negotiating closings on the remaining parcels to be sold, the
auctioneer added, predicting townspeople are "going to start seeing some
construction" in the area in the near future.
Manning would not
identify any of the purchasers of the five conveyed parcels, or provide any
information on the "entities" trying to complete purchases of the other
parcels. The Lakeville Assessor's Office, as of month's start, had no record of
any related deed transfer filings being made.
He said he did hear
some of the proposed redevelopment plans, and he expressed some confidence that
the town will soon see "a commercial boom to what's been a stagnant area for a
few years" if those ideas can quickly come to fruition.
Manning recalled the
2002 auction where his firm auctioned off the hospital site for the state
Attorney General's Office and surplus land bureau. National Development bought
the property, and had big plans for a supermarket and shopping center there
that never came to pass. Seventeen years later, a flock of new investors showed
up for the August auction, ready to try again.
Now, "The good news
for the town of Lakeville is that you have some excited buyers who have some
definite ideas about what they're going to do" with their purchases, Manningsaid.
Derek Maksy made the rounds of town boards last year with his plans for
redeveloping the eight parcels, but the only development done by his company,
Lakeville Mixed Use Development, LLC, was some house lots sold along the Rhode
Island Road frontage.
Board of Selectmen
Chair John Powderly said Tuesday he had heard rumors around town about some
possible purchasers, but had no concrete information to offer residents.