On October 16 the City of Malden and the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) held a second public meeting to discuss the Commercial Street Framework Plan study. The meeting took place in the Blue Room at Anthony's of Malden (meeting space was donated by Anthony's).
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 job retention and creation.
At this public meeting and the previous public meeting held 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. Click here to view October 16, 2017 Public Meeting Presentation.
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 shape economic development strategies for inner cities.