Published in the September 18, 2015 edition.
By MARK SARDELLA
WAKEFIELD — Details emerged this week regarding Hallmark Health’s plans for a property in Wakefield that it purchased on Aug. 21 for $3.12 million. The property at 888 Main St. in Greenwood was once home to the Wakefield Subaru automobile dealership.
Hallmark plans to construct a new medical office building on the property.
Hallmark is in the process of expanding its operation at the Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and the planned medical office building in Greenwood is part of that expansion, according to Hugh Kelleher, Hallmark’s Assistant Vice President for Support and Ancillary Services.
Kelleher appeared before the Board of Selectmen on Monday and provided some specifics on Hallmark’s plans for the site.
He said that the new Wakefield facility will house primary care physicians as well as a walk-in clinic. X-ray and lab collection facilities are also likely, he said.
The project is still in the design and programming phases, Kelleher said, adding that the proposal for the building and site would go before Hallmark’s Board of Trustees later this month. The exact size of the building has yet to be determined, according to Kelleher, who said that a couple of scenarios are under consideration.
“We’re very happy to be moving into Wakefield,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hallmark has two separate Site Plan Review applications on the Melrose Planning Board’s Sept. 21 agenda. The public hearings are scheduled to begin at 7:45 at the Milano Senior Center at 201 West Foster St. Under consideration will be Hallmark’s plans to demolish a number of structures on Porter Street and Main Street in order to expand surface parking around Melrose-Wakefield Hospital.
Hallmark is in merger talks with Partners Healthcare, which wants to expand north of its Boston base.
In other business this week, the Board of Selectmen:
• Set the Regular Town Meeting date for Nov. 16, 2015 and opened the warrant. The warrant will be closed on Oct. 8, 2015.
• Approved a request from Beebe Library to accept and expend $11,968 in gifts from various donors.
• Approved a request from Terri Qualters for a one-day liquor license for a fundraising event at the Crystal Community Club on Sept. 26, 2015.
• Appointed Amy Leeman to the Event Planning Committee.
• Scheduled a public hearing on Sept. 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. related to Wakefield Municipal Gas & Light Department requests for permission to locate poles, wires, cables and fixtures, including the necessary anchors, guys and other such sustaining and protecting fixtures along and across the following public way or ways:
— Salem Street near the intersection of Chapman Road, approximately 35’ (thirty-five feet) northeasterly of Pole #71, place one pole, to be numbered Pole 71-S (stub pole).
— Salem Street near the intersection with Chapman Road, approximately 50’ (fifty feet) northerly of Pole #72, place one pole, to be numbered Pole 72-S (stub pole).
— Salem Street near the intersection with Lowell Street, approximately 32’ (thirty-two feet) southerly of Pole #63, place one pole, to be numbered Pole 63.