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Hospital wants to buy Holy Trinity property to build doctors’ offices

GREENFIELD — It appears that Baystate Franklin Medical Center is in the process of buying the former Holy Trinity property to build offices there for its physicians, but it will need a zone change to complete the sale.

The hospital went through the town’s Planning Board, asking that it request Town Council initiate the zone change, which would be from urban residential to health. The sale is contingent upon rezoning the property, according to correspondence between the town and hospital.

Eric Twarog, the town’s planning and development director, said a zoning change would affect a parcel from North to Federal streets, east to west, and from Beacon to Sanderson streets, north to south.

It would include rezoning the property where Greenfield Middle School and Blessed Sacrament Church are located, but that would not affect those properties unless either sold their property in the future.

It seems the hospital plans to raze the two buildings — one was the school and the other a convent — to construct the office building.

Twarog said if the council decides to initiate the zone change this week, the Planning Board and the council’s Economic Development Committee would each have to hold public hearings.

He said the two boards would most likely hold a joint public hearing and would have 65 days to do so. They would then send their recommendations to the full council.

The council would have 90 days from that point to vote a zone change, which would require a two-thirds vote.

Spokespeople for both the hospital and the Roman Catholic Bishop in Springfield could not be reached for comment on Monday.

Town Council will discuss the matter Wednesday night during its monthly meeting. The council will meet at 7 p.m. in the studio in Greenfield Community Television, 393 Main St.

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