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 DeveloperNovember 30, 2017COMPLETE
Developer Commencement of Remediation and Building DemolitionDecember 4, 2017BEGUN

Finish Abatement

Utility Service Closure (Disconnect Electric, Cut/Cap Water)

Start Demolition

February 2018 
Continue DemolitionMarch 2018 

Finish Demolition

Start Site and Utility Work

April 2018 

Start Concrete Foundations

Continue Site and Utility Work

May 2018 

Install New Steel Framing

Finish Concrete Work

Continue Site and Utility Work

June 2018


Start Building Framing

Continue Site and Utility Work

July 2018


Continue Building Framing

Continue Site and Utility Work

August 2018 
Continue Building Framing
Framing for Three Garages
Window and Door Installation
Start Siding and Shingles on Building and Garages
Finish Site and Utility Work
September 2018 

Continue Building Framing
Finish Window and Door Installation
Continue Siding on Building and Garages
Finish Shingling of Roofs

Start of Interior Work

October 2018 
Finish all Structure building
Continuation of Interior Work
November 2018 
Continuation of Interior WorkDecember 2018 
Continuation of Interior WorkJanuary 2019 
Continuation of Interior WorkFebruary 2019 
Finish Interior WorkMarch 2019 

Final Landscaping

Project Completion

April 2019