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VISIONS FOR VACANCY: What Should Replace Rudermans?

The big box building has been empty since the antique co-op left late last year. What would you like to see in that space?

Sure, we walk past empty storefronts in Malden all the time - but do you ever wonder what could take their places? 

Each week, Patch will feature a different vacant storefront in the city, and ask for your ideas.

This week's vacancy is Rudermans, the furniture shop nee antique co-op nee vacancy at 42 Ferry Street. Since the furniture left, there have been plenty of suggestions for usage, including some talk that the space could become a new city hall.

What do you think? Do you live near the building? Could you see a flea market? A performance space? Something else? Share your vision with your neighbors in the comments. 

howard mcgowan March 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
This would be an ideal space for a Health Clinic connected with a teaching hospital, We have closed all Malden Health facilities that serve Seniors and Families
Teresa Bello April 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I think it should be a nice-looking parking garage with a great teen center in it. I don't understand the people that say there's a lot of parking around there,. When the high school has an event,or other events held in Jenkins Auditorium, or the library has an event, parking is a nightmare. Keep in mind that our library is designated historic and so is the area around it. I think there are about 5 regular spaces and two handicapped places to park for the entire library. So that will never change. Also, I'm pretty sure Mayor Christenson has talked about moving City Hall into the existing high school building. A nice looking parking garage would be well-suited for that too.
DannyBoy April 07, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Teresa, in the roundtable discussion on MATV yesterday, the mayor said that they are still exploring new sites to house City Hall, so nothing definite is in place.
coldwaterdiver April 07, 2012 at 09:10 PM
City doesnt have the money for a new city hall, but tearing the old one down would help correct the mistakes of our forefathers. Why not put city hall up on Waits Mountain. Plenty of space, could have a 'commons" area, should be able to park there, nice view, and the city already owns it, but if I remember right, doesnt consider it an "active park"
whatsup April 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
--Whole Foods Market --A Book(/+Coffee) Store with local vibe --Anything that is NOT another Residential complex or one too many Dunkin or an eye sore like a health clinic or a parking garage.

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