The City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) will hold a second public meeting to discuss the Commercial Street Framework Plan study on Monday, October 16th from 6-8 PM at Anthony’s of Malden, 105 Canal Street in the Blue Room. Anthony's has generously donated the space for the meeting.The City and the MRA encourage members of the public to attend, learn about possible strategies and land uses, and participate in discussions about what will and will not work for the area.
The Commercial Street corridor is an underutilized industrial area south of downtown Malden. Areas like Commercial Street are under redevelopment pressure throughout the region. Mayor Gary Christenson, City officials, and the MRA have been working with a consultant team, with funding from MassDevelopment, to identify strategies for future development in the area. This includes evaluating the current land and building uses, current and potential jobs, possible impacts from the development of the Wynn Casino, and improved access to the Malden River. The study will result in a framework plan for the area that identifies strategies and defines a clear implementation plan. This plan will include both short and long-term approaches for future development and strategies to support a diversified retention and creation plan for new jobs.
Members of the public are encouraged to fill out a questionnaire to share their ideas about the Commercial Street Corridor. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommercialSt. Printed copies of the questionnaire and collection boxes are located in the lobby of City Hall Building 1, 110 Pleasant Street, the lobby of City Hall Building 2, 17 Pleasant Street, and the Malden Teen Center, 1 Salem Street.
At the previous public meeting, held on July 19th, the public discussed study goals, strategies, and the community’s values, goals, and priorities. Two targeted focus group meetings were also held as part of this study. These groups include individuals with a specific understanding of the Commercial Street Corridor. The City and the MRA identified community representatives, businesses, and property owners, to share their expertise through several exercises.
A consultant team that includes Harriman and ICIC are assisting the City and the MRA. Harriman is a design and engineering firm. Its Boston studio has a focus on urban planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. ICIC’s research and advisory team helps to shape economic development strategies for inner cities.