Greenwood Avenue School Redevelopment

Greenwood Avenue School Redevelopment Project

The Town of Swampscott is looking to have the former high school/middle school on Greenwood Avenue redeveloped. The property has been vacant and unused since 2007. The site includes a large masonry building built in 1894 with later additions that were made in 1915 and 1936. The building includes approximately 106,000 square feet of interior space across three floors and a basement. The property (2.22 acres) fronts on Greenwood Avenue and stretches back to Fuller Avenue where there's a vegetated and steep slope. The site is at the top of a hill with amazing views of Swampscott Harbor, Nahant, and the Boston skyline.

The Property is located in the Greenwood Planned Development District, which is addressed in Section of the Swampscott Zoning By-laws, Regulations Pertaining to Planned Development Districts, as amended by Article 21 of the 2016 Annual Town Meeting. This zoning district allows up to 28 residential units and a gross floor area of up to 65,000 square feet.

Current Phase

Administrative Site Plan Review - The developer, Groom Construction, has met the conditions of the Planning Board's conditional approval for Administrative Site Plan Review. The approval is now granted and complete.

Construction Management Plan - The Construction Management Plan has been finalized and approved by the Board of Selectmen.

Redevelopment Schedule 

Amend Zoning By-law via Town MeetingMay 2016COMPLETE
Develop Request for Proposal along with neighborhood and community feedbackSummer 2016COMPLETE
Release RFPSeptember 15, 2016COMPLETE
Pre-Submittal MeetingOctober 3, 2016COMPLETE
Proposal DeadlineOctober 17, 2016COMPLETE
Community Meeting Regarding ProposalsJanuary 5, 2017COMPLETE
Release of new RFPFebruary 8, 2017COMPLETE
Pre-Submittal MeetingFebruary 21, 2017COMPLETE
Proposal DeadlineMarch 10, 2017COMPLETE
Proposal AwardedApril 5, 2017COMPLETE
Purchase & Sale Agreement SignedMay 5, 2017COMPLETE
Architectural Peer Review with Board of SelectmenJuly 19, 2017 & August 2, 2017COMPLETE
Administrative Site Plan Review with Planning BoardSeptember 11, 2017COMPLETE
Developer Application for Building PermitsOctober 6, 2017COMPLETE
Developer Submission of Construction Management PlanSeptember 21, 2017COMPLETE
Board of Selectmen Approval of Construction Management PlanOctober 25, 2017


Removal of Underground Storage TankOctober 23, 2017COMPLETE
Closing Conditions Met by DeveloperNovember 15, 2017COMPLETE
Closing on Sale of Property from Town to DeveloperTBD 
Developer Commencement of Remediation and Building DemolitionTBD 
Remediation and Building Demolition CompleteWithin 7 months of Closing 
Start of Construction

Within 2 months of Completion

of Remediation and Building


Construction Completion

Within 24 months of

Start of Construction