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Mark Lawhorne July 22, 2014 at 01:21 PM
We had a great turnout by Ward Three residents and the sentiment was undeniably "NO" toRead Moreth is project. It's not that we are against the safety of children walking to schools, it's simply that this project doesn't make sense for this neighborhood and the planning of it didn't involve those that it affects the most- the residents. There is no doubt that the surrounding streets will become 'short cuts' to bypass the expected traffic delays and back ups created by the proposal. Thankfully we were heard tonight- thank you Mayor Christenson for ensuring we had a venue to be heard. We understand there is no guarantee that proposal goes away, but we appreciate your respect to at least arrange and facilitate the forum. I know I have been critical of aspects of your administration but your leadership showed tonight. We should not be at this point in the process without the benefit of public notification. This project has been in the pipeline for at least four years and our current Ward Three Councillor has known about it and advocated for it. He made assurances that he would at the very least make the residents aware. He did not, as a matter of fact, he didn't even show up for tonights hearing.
Mark Lawhorne July 23, 2014 at 02:25 PM
Update: Beebe's Safe Routes to School Project: Mayor Gary Christenson hosted a neighborhoodRead Moremeetin g at the Beebe School on Monday night to seek resident input relative to MassDOT ‘s Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Project. The Mayor moderated the meeting and representatives from MassDOT and the engineering firm, TEC, were on hand to present the plan and answer questions. The proposal includes pedestrian safety improvements in the Pleasant Street-Elm Street-Highland Avenue intersection, but also includes a road closing of the Elm Street extension. Residents were concerned about the impact this closing would have on traffic flow and on neighboring streets. “The residents have spoken and I appreciate their involvement on this project, which at the end of the day, will significantly impact this neighborhood,” said Mayor Christenson. “I am thankful to MassDOT and the traffic engineers from TEC that have put so much time and effort into this project; however, based on the discussion and feedback I heard Monday night, I do not believe we can move forward with the plan as currently proposed.” The Mayor is hoping to continue working with MassDOT to make adjustments that would address the concerns of the residents and keep Malden eligible for nearly $700,000 in federal money for infrastructure improvements. If you have any questions please contact Maria Luise, Special Assistant to the Mayor, at mluise@cityofmalden.org or (781) 397-7000, ext. 2005.
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