impact study for the proposed High Point psychiatric clinic. I would judge the impacts to be relatively low. Here is the report’s Summary of Impacts:RKG Associates, Inc have completed an
- High Point’s 72-bed facility will generate a low-high range of 66 to 150 calls to the Middleborough Police Department each year, and 33 to 86 calls to the Middleborough Fire Department. Similarly, a 50-bed facility that McLean Hospital plans to open on Isaac Street could generate 40 to 50 police calls and about 25 fire calls per year. These estimates are based on data obtained from police and fire departments in a sample of other Massachusetts towns with psychiatric hospitals similar to those proposed by High Point and McLean.
- Public safety services provided to High Point by the Middleborough Police and Fire Departments will cost the Town of Middleborough $91,100 to $97,100 per year. Unless the Town and High Point reach agreement about a payment in lieu of taxes or other means to offset these costs, the project will have a negative impact on Town finances. High Point is a non-profit charitable organization that is exempt from property taxes under state law. RKG understands that McLean is leasing the property on Isaac Street and the property owner will continue to pay taxes to the Town. Ed: It is my understanding that High Point is willing to pay a PILOT of $100K
- High Point will have a favorable impact on employment and the economy. During the construction phase of High Point’s $10 million redevelopment project, the project will create sixty-three construction jobs with an indirect benefit of forty-four jobs, for a combined construction-phase employment impact of 107 jobs. The net increase in wages is $6.5 million (rounded), including direct and indirect wages during construction.
- At project completion and when fully operational, High Point’s facility will generate net employment growth. The hospital’s direct employment of 130.15 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions and 70.36 FTE indirect jobs will culminate in a total of 201.5 FTE jobs. The total annual wage impact, including direct and indirect wages, is approximately $10.1 million. These estimates exclude the jobs and wages that will transfer to Middleborough from High Point’s existing facility in Plymouth.