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Officials Sign Ballpark Agreement with National Grid

The signed letter of intent between officials with National Grid, the Malden Field of Dreams and Malden Re-Development Authority clears a major hurdle for the project.

A newly signed letter of intent between park officials and National Grid representatives will bring Malden one step closer to a minor league baseball park, officials announced during a press conference Monday.  

Mayor Gary Christenson, Rep. Ed Markey, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Massachusetts National Grid President Marcy Reed and Boston Baseball Field of Dreams LLC President Alex Bok addressed reporters at Malden City Hall, saying they hope the city will be ready to "play ball" by 2015. 

"Today, we gather to sign what many consider to be a historic agreement for the city of Malden," Christenson said. "The distinguished group before you has been meeting, debating and negotiating for nearly a year to bring a 6500-seat baseball park to our city."

Christenson said the park would be one of the city's largest development projects ever, and that residents would take an active role in it's planning, through forums and other forms of outreach. 

"I believe this project has the potential to not only revitalize this site, but also serve as an econmomic catalyst for the entire downtown," he said. 

The $50 million facility will hold a lot more than baseball games, including retail space, food and other community amenities.  

You can take a virtual tour through Bok's plans here. 

Nancy Armstrong December 18, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Are they going to have parking facilities for 6500 people. My god the traffic is already a nightmare over there and good luck trying to cross the street.
Antoine December 18, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I believe part of the plan is a good chunk of the 6500 will come by the Orange Line and Commuter Rail. It's part of the reason why they are interested in Malden in the first place. To be fair, the traffic area is horribly designed. Lights completely mistimed and I'm pretty sure they can do better with merging bus traffic into the street. The avenues of Boston should be the model for Rt. 60. Also they really need to fix the lights at the intersection of Rt 60 and Main Street. Whose idea to have a 1 minute (or at least 30 seconds) of Red light to all ways, all times, and that includes the walk signal so I'm not even sure it is for pedestrians.
robert wilson December 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I have nothing but best wishes for the new ball park but more doubts about wether it's a good idea or not.
maldenmike December 18, 2012 at 07:56 PM
i hope this doesn't take as long as the charles river skatepark.
david mokal December 19, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Love it this will be so good for Malden. It will put us on the map for something positive instaed of the negative bullchit. Ty Mr Mayor.

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