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Medford-owned land above MBTA station could become parking, mixed-use housing

Eight development firms submitted proposals that adhere to Medford’s vision for a transit-oriented, mixed-use district above the MBTA’s Wellington station.

The developers were responding to a Request for Information issued by the City of Medford, seeking ways to transform the 28 acres of city-controlled air rights above the MBTA-owned land, according to Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn.

The proposals included multi-family housing, hotels, commercial offices, entertainment, ground-floor retail, public parking, and open space amenities, such as bike and pedestrian connections.

“The city had been sitting on these air rights for decades and had not realized the potential the area had for creating a transformative environment for significant commercial and residential growth,” Lungo-Koehn said in a Friday statement.

“We have an opportunity here to make a substantial investment in transit-oriented housing and mixed-use development, which can make the Wellington area a destination for new businesses, families and workers.”

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