IRVING STREET STUDIOS--NEW LIVE/WORK SPACE FOR ARTISTS
The Irving Streets Studios is located in Downtown Malden, just three blocks from the Orange Line T Station, with a gallery, a classroom, and a rooftop terrace. Developed by the Malden Redevelopment Authority as part of its downtown revitalization efforts, the building contains nine live-work spaces for artists. All nine were affordably priced at $125,000 and sold as condominiums in fall 2009.
As part of the downtown revamp, the City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority are working to embrace the arts and the creative economy, attract new residential and commercial starts, and lure new niche retail and restaurant activity to the square. The efforts are indeed paying off.
DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION PLAN REMAINS A PRIORITY
The City is hoping to begin construction on $3.5 million worth of public improvements in Malden Square sometime in 2012. Utilziing federal earmarks secured by Congressman Edward J. Markey, the city plans to make a number of streetscape improvements to the area including new flowering street trees, new period lighting, enhanced cross walks and a resurfaced roadway. Photo shows a beautified entrance to Pleasant Street at the intersection of Main Street.
MALDEN CENTER MBTA STATION SITS AS GATEWAY TO DOWNTOWN MALDEN
The Malden Center MBTA Station, the fifth busiest station in the MBTA’s Orange Line transit system, underwent a $6 million facelift a couple of years back at the urging of Malden Mayor Richard C. Howard, who has made the beautification of public spaces one of his priorities.
Located at the entranceway to downtown Malden, the station is now handicapped accessible, and has also undergone some much-needed landscaping improvements. Period lighting and a new landscaped plaza now accent the site making it more inviting to residents and commuters. The city has taken on the responsibility of maintaining the landscaping at the site under its privately-financed beautification program.
MALDEN SQUARE: HOME TO NEW SENIOR CENTER
In January 2009, the City of Malden opened the new 17,000 square foot John and Christina Markey Malden Senior Community Center. Located at 7 Washington Street, the center occupies a once-vacant church space. With the larger space, the Human Services Department is able to offer greatly expanded programs to the city's senior population. The building boasts a landscaped interior courtyard, an exercise facility, a high-tech auditorium and a computer lab.
$41 MILLION PRIVATE INVESTMENT IN DOWNTOWN
A private developer, Corcoran Jennison, has made a $41 million investment in the construction of a first class office building in Malden Square that currently houses the Massachsuetts Department of Education headquarters. Some 600 employees work in the facility on a daily basis having a spin-off impact on the downtown restaurants and businesses.
JENKINS AUDITORIUM AT MALDEN HIGH SCHOOL RESTORED
As part of the Malden High School rebuilding program, Jenkins Auditorium , a 900-seat auditorium housed in the art deco wing of the building, has been restored. Built in the 1930s, the renovation work in the auditorium which includes new lighting, sound and restored seating, was completed in February 2010.
PLEASANT STREET PARKING LOT TO REOPEN DECEMBER 5, 2011
The Pleasant Street Parking Lot will be open as soon as the contractor finishes constructing the Pleasant Street sidewalk, places the binder course of pavement and stripes the lot. Weather-permitting, work should be completed allowing the lot to be opened by Monday, December 5. This announcement was made by the Malden Redevelopment Authority which is overseeing the reconstruction project for and on behalf of the City. Click here for a copy of the informational flyer that was distributed to downtown merchants and residents about the project.