Editor's note: The city will be hosting a public meeting about a proposed minor league baseball stadium near Malden Center this Thursday, Jan. 12.
Below are some questions posed by Patch blogger Nick Cohen - if you have questions of your own, pose them in the comments section below and we'll email them for consideration at the hearing.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11.
In regards to the 100 Commercial Street "National Grid Site" redevelopment, here are a few questions/concerns I have related to the Malden River:
- This site presents a great opportunity to connect Downtown Malden to the Malden River Corridor. How might they do that?
- Will the site incorporate green infrastructure/low-impact development elements to mitigate storm-water runoff? I believe it must!
- How will storm-water be managed at the site?
- Given the site’s long industrial history (National Grid and Malden-Melrose Gas Light Co.), are there any “legacy contamination” issues at the site? If so, how will they be dealt with?
- The site appears to sit on/adjacent to “filled tidelands,” which usually requires public access to the water’s edge per Massachusetts Chapter 91 Law. Is that the case at this site, thus requiring a “Chapter 91 License?” If so, what will the public access include?
- Given that National Grid proposes to move much of its operations from this 100 Commercial Street site to its other site on Medford Street adjacent to the Malden River, how might the move impact the river?
- Are there further opportunities for public input? Why does the “internal committee” not include any Malden residents (other than city officials)?
- How about connecting the potential baseball team name to the Malden River: “The Malden River Herring” or “Malden Shoe-Makers” or “Malden All-Stars” (reference to Converse)?