557 Highland Ave. (former Muzi site)

The Planning Department has created this website to share information about the redevelopment of 557 Highland Avenue, formerly the site of Muzi Ford and Chevrolet and a car wash. The nearly 10-acre site was rezoned by Town Meeting in 2021 and purchased by the Bulfinch Companies shortly thereafter. 

The Bulfinch Companies has proposed to build lab, research and office space called the Highland Science Center. This website contains official filings, public meeting and hearing information and other relevant documents and information related to this project.   To access the Bulfinch Companies website for further information please go to the following link: http://557highland.com 

Sign up for updates here. For questions, please contact planning@needhamma.gov

Planning Board Decision

The Planning Board issued a decision on December 23, 2022 for the Highland Science Center.  The decision can be viewed at the following link: https://www.needhamma.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=11308 


Proponent's Application for Site Plan Review and issuance of Special Permits for the Project (Part 1)
Traffic Appendices  (Part 2). This special permit application will be the subject on a public hearing by the Planning Board on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

Revised Materials received on June 30, 2022:

Revised Materials received on August 17, 2022 for hearing on September 7, 2022:

Fiscal Impact Report, prepared by Fougere Planning and Development, Inc., dated May 16, 2022

Project Review Timeline, Mass General Laws, Ch 40A