The design team understands that there is concern regarding increased noise volumes from the
stadium affecting the residential neighborhoods of Malden, including Edgemont to the project’s
west and Bell Rock to the southeast of the project site. Edgemont, which is the closer of the two
residential neighborhoods to the project site, is acoustically buffered from the property by
Commercial Street, the elevated train lines and the municipal ball fields west of the train lines.
The Bell Rock neighborhood is significantly further from the project site and is located across a
significant buffer area of commercial and industrial properties.
The project team is confident that there will be no significant noise impact from the proposed
project in either of these residential neighborhoods, based on the following factors:
1. The current ballpark design orients the seats facing south and east, placing the mass of
the structure of the ballpark between the fans and the Edgemont neighborhood to the
west. Thus, in addition to the previously noted existing acoustic buffers, the Edgemont
neighborhood will be further buffered from fan noise by the mass of the structure itself,
with the open side of the stands facing away from this residential area.
2. The Bell Rock neighborhood, while facing the open side of the stands, is sufficiently
distant from the site such that significant noise from the ballpark will not carry across the
commercial properties and roadways between the site and the Bell Rock neighborhood.
Please also note that the project team will engage and work with an acoustics/noise consultant.
As noted in our presentation to the Malden Redevelopment Authority on January 12, 2012, we
look forward to addressing all of the transportation concerns raised by City leaders, staff and
residents. Based on our past experience with other “special event” traffic generators, we are
confident that we can develop and implement a successful access plan by working closely with
all project stakeholders. The plan will be developed with sensitivity to local concerns, which we
can only fully understand by inviting all to participate in the planning process. However, we
have not yet formally begun this planning process and therefore cannot provide detailed and final
answers to many of the questions that have been raised to date regarding access to the ballpark
The planning process we envision will include two phases relating to periods before and after
ballpark construction. Before the project is built, in Phase I, we will work with the appropriate
City agencies and project stakeholders to complete a traffic and access study. The study will
first define existing traffic conditions. The City will determine the study area, which we expect
will include the major access routes into the City (Route 60 and Commercial Avenue) and will
build upon two studies recently completed by the City. (These two studies were a downtown
study covering the intersections immediately adjacent to the ballpark site and a Route 60 corridor
study that extends from downtown to I-93.) In this Phase I study, anticipated future pedestrian
and vehicular traffic conditions will be projected and analyzed assuming that the proposed
ballpark is built and operational. Based on the analysis of traffic operations for the projected
future conditions, alternative traffic management measures to reduce project impacts will be
developed, analyzed and recommended. The recommended transportation management plan will
include a variety of measures working together to improve traffic conditions, such as improved
crosswalks, changes in traffic signalization, and street improvements.
The second phase of the planning process will occur after the ballpark is built and relates to
implementation of the traffic management plan that evolves from the initial study. The success of
the proposed traffic management plan is not guaranteed regardless of the quality and level of
effort used to develop the plan. Consequently, once the ballpark is built and operational we will
be monitoring traffic and parking operations to measure the effectiveness of the traffic
management plan. Based on these observations, adjustments will be made to the plan as
necessary to achieve maximum performance.
Throughout the two phases of the above planning process we will work with City officials, City
staff and members of the public through a process determined by the City.
Independent of the above, we have provided below initial thoughts relative to a few of the
questions received to date from the Mayor’s office:
Questions and Answers
1. We need to correct the pedestrian crossings around the ballpark. It is acknowledged that
existing pedestrian accommodations in the vicinity of the ballpark (crosswalks, signal
control, signage, sidewalks) need to be reviewed as a part of a transportation
management plan developed in consultation with the City and the community.
2. What happens if the number of cars is higher than projected? Post-opening traffic
monitoring is a critical part of the planning process so that we can gauge whether or not
the traffic forecasts made before the ballpark opens are valid. Preliminary calculations
indicate that the two public downtown garages will have adequate capacity to
accommodate ballpark traffic. If not, the use of more remote parking lots and shuttle
services will be explored.
3. Traffic and the number traffic lights are currently an issue. There is no way to keep
traffic flowing with a ballpark especially with pedestrian traffic. As noted above, there is
no single solution to effectively managing the combined ballpark vehicular and
pedestrian traffic. A wide variety of strategies must be considered and used in
combination. Our project team has been successful in managing similar conditions for
other special events generating significant pedestrian and vehicular traffic volumes. The
strategies that proved effective in these other situations will be considered for Malden.
4. What improvements to crosswalks (all 4 corners of parcel, as well as the Jackson Street
intersection) are planned? We will work with City staff to define the best crosswalk
treatments for downtown Malden..
5. I'm not convinced that traffic flow will improve. Have traffic studies been done on
surrounding streets as well? As noted above, the City has already commissioned two
recent traffic studies in the area. These studies can provide some baseline data for the
full study that will be conducted for the ballpark. Certainly during the pregame (weekday
6 to 7 PM) time period it is unlikely that traffic conditions will improve relative to
existing conditions during this same time period.
6. What accommodations for bicycles are being planned for Canal Street, since this is a
major connection street for Northern Strand Bike Path? At this point in the planning
process a detailed plan for Canal Street has not been developed. Once the detailed
planning is underway the needs of cyclists can be considered in any proposed changes to
the design and/or operation of Canal Street.
7. Where will parking be for the restaurant during off-season? Restaurant patrons will be
able to use the two municipal garages during the off-season that are available to all
ballpark patrons during the baseball season. Valet parking may also be available using
these garages. There is no parking proposed on the ballpark site for the restaurant.