McLean Hospital Land Transfer Paves Way for New Belmont Cemetery

Four acres earmarked

June 06, 2005

Cindy Lepore
Public Affairs

Belmont, MA - McLean Hospital has announced the transfer of four acres of land to the Town of Belmont, enabling the town to establish its first new cemetery since 1859. The transfer is part of a multi-part comprehensive Land Use Plan developed collaboratively by McLean and the Town and implemented over the past nine years. The plan provides numerous public benefits in addition to the cemetery land, including the further transfer to the Town of more than 90 acres of open space and land for affordable housing. The plan guarantees the protection of 120 acres of public and private open space land through permanent conservation restrictions. The plan also calls for the sale of certain designated portions of McLean's campus for development of a clustered residential housing development, a senior community and a research and development facility.

"This is the culmination of efforts by many dedicated people in the Town and at McLean," said Bruce Cohen, MD, PhD, president and psychiatrist in chief for McLean. "We know how important this new cemetery is to the residents of Belmont and we are pleased to be able to help the Town realize this long-term goal."

The four acres of cemetery space represents the second land transfer McLean has made according to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by both parties in 1999. The first transfer enabled the town to erect a new public safety telecommunications tower.

"The transfer of the parcels for the open space and the affordable housing will take place in the next few weeks," said Michele Gougeon, executive vice president and chief operating officer for McLean.

McLean Hospital is consistently ranked the country's top psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report. It is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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