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. 

Brian March 23, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I always a proponent for the idea of moving city hall. It would be great to tear down that building, and build a new, but more classic New England style (19th century) city hall. It would look much more beautiful than the Ruderman's building.
PAULA March 23, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Dana Roberts March 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
We need an other CVS is town
len merullo March 23, 2012 at 03:27 PM
When I wright a comment it says that another user has my email address. I am the other user; no one is using my email address...please correct this.
James M. Vozzella March 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
City Hall
Bobby James March 23, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Maybe with a Dunkin Donuts inside of it!
DannyBoy March 23, 2012 at 03:48 PM
That is one ugly building to house a future City Hall, unless they tear it down and reconstruct with a completely different architectural design, otherwise use the current building "as is" for different purposes.
iCitizen March 23, 2012 at 03:57 PM
A location like porter exchange suggested by Brian is a great idea. In addition to that, I would not mind the following options: Landmark Theaters location (See Kendall Location in Cambridge), Technology offices (attract technology firms/startups- technology community centre), General office space, Art gallery, Teen Center (Paula’s idea), Multi-business (Bakery/Coffee shop/ Restaurant/….), and lastly a Health Club.
DannyBoy March 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
All these ideas for businesses to fill the empty building are good, especially the theater, art gallery, health club and multi-business use. The big question is: does Malden have the right demographics to patronize and sustain such businesses? Personally, I seriously doubt that.
iCitizen March 23, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Agreed DannyBoy...We just bought a house in Malden and I'm increasingly more worried about the city. This new mayor seems like he is pushing for many changes for the better. The quality of the cities website alone scares me. What do you think the city can do to attract a demographic to sustain these types of businesses? I personally think technology firms in Malden can be a plus as their employees may help improve the quality of businesses. Better yet some may move closer to work and help the real estate market. Respectfully, A
DannyBoy March 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
A, I think attracting technology firms to set up shop in Malden is a wonderful idea, since we have plenty of office space and parking currently available around in this city. It will definitely boost the city's revenues with taxes on businesses, and the employees would definitely patronize any surrounding eateries and businesses. This alone will change the makeup of Malden Center for the better, and if those employees decide to make Malden their home as well, then that is just icing on the cake. This is definitely an angle worth pursuing by the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce, and will bode well for the city in the long run, it will just take some time for the residents to see the effects.
robert wilson March 23, 2012 at 05:04 PM
A bank, we can never have enough banks. Every empty space or building that becomes availible seems to be turned into a bank.
Michael Genzale March 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
robert wilson March 23, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I agree completely with you on that rose, I think we've reached the saturation point with thos businesses.
TIM H March 23, 2012 at 08:26 PM
robert wilson March 23, 2012 at 08:36 PM
A biker bar with a Hooters.
Michael Sullivan March 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
A new city hall.....
Lisa March 23, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Add Dunkin to the list of "we have enough of them!" As for CVS, there is one on Pleasant and a Walgreens on Main....we are good!
Michael Sullivan March 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
city hall/ police station/ youth center....all in one place
Brian Triber March 23, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Actually, it would be a perfect spot for a teen center, located next to the high school.
Lisa March 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Whatever is done with that space, PLEASE make sure there is enough parking. The area is having many problems with parking already (from the high schools, the rink and etc) and it is very poorly patrolled! Please respect the folks who live in the area too!
robert wilson March 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM
The City should at least look into the area for a new City Hall. I always thought the area where that ball park is going would have made a good City Hall site.
AnnieOMalden March 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM
The owner of the property, John Pereira of Combined Properties, told us years ago he was hanging onto the property as the Mayor (Howard) had a vision of using it for the high school to use. It is the only part of that whole block not owned by the city or used for the high school. Wonder if this is the leverage being used for Combined to build those apartment buildings (200+ units) on the Super Fitness site...
DannyBoy March 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Thanks for the info Annie. The MRA needs to stop being so myopic about redevelopment projects in the city (i.e. apartment buildings), stop pandering to those developers' wishlist, and start coming up with a more sustainable and better vision for Malden.
howard mcgowan March 24, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Watch out for another Malden Redevelopment Authority Disaster. Get the City Mayors Office busy on contacting viable developers!!! Another Blockbuster the Bank of America closing Pleasant Street Branch in June. This is the spot for City Hall!!
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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