UPDATE: Planned Beal reuse hearing relocated to Oak Middle School


UPDATE: Planned Beal reuse hearing relocated to Oak Middle School
The old Beal School rises over its driveway off of Maple Ave. near downtown Shrewsbury. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

UPDATE: Tonight’s Beal reuse hearing has been relocated to the Oak Middle School auditorium. Oak Middle School is located at 45 Oak Street in Shrewsbury.

SHREWSBURY – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on future plans for the former Maj. Howard W. Beal School tonight at Oak Middle School. 

Original plans had the hearing taking place at Town Hall. But the town relocated it on Monday.

The town said in a statement on social media that it made this change “in order to accommodate residents attending and to maintain safe social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Attendees will have an opportunity to both hear a presentation from the developers Civico and Greenly Development and provide feedback. 

Developers presented their vision for the former school back in May, calling their project “Beal Commons.” 

At that time, they discussed a mix of 50 to 65 apartments and commercial space split between two buildings. The list of the potential commercial tenants included a gym, a restaurant, a brewery and a coffee and tea shop. 

After the presentation, nearby neighbors speaking with the Community Advocate expressed their interest in preserving the open space behind Beal under town management. 

Selectmen entered into an agreement with Landwise LLC over the summer to help them in their negotiations with developers. 

Throughout the process, the selectmen have said that residents will have an opportunity to provide feedback once the project is tangible. 

Anyone who is unable to attend this upcoming hearing can provide comments in writing through email to [email protected] or by mail to the Board of Selectmen at 100 Maple Ave., Shrewsbury MA 01545 by noon on Dec. 7.



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