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Questions About The Ballpark Stadium Proposal

Nick Cohen from the Tri-City Community Action Program weighs in on the proposed stadium in Malden Center.

Editor's note: The city will be hosting 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 , 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)?

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Chris Caesar January 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I'm curious what measures they'll take to ensure they get maximum economic stimulus to downtown restaurants, etc. It's proximity to the T stop is great, but Pleasant St. is still very much cut off by Government Center.
Joe Gray January 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Promises, promises. As long as I can get in and out of my overpriced Stop & Shop, I'm not feeling it.
Chris Caesar January 09, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Hey Joe. As long as you can get into the supermarket, you aren't in favor of the stadium? I'm curious what you mean.
maldensgreat January 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
1. How does the stadium fit in with the Malden visioning plan and the master plan? 2. How will the stadium increase foot traffic to greater downtown Malden (therefore benefiting downtown businesses)? Also, what physical structures will be built to allow flow from parking garages and trains to allow people to cross route 60 safely? 3. Who is responsible for the payments on the sublease should the team fold? 4. What happens to the stadium itself if the team folds? 5. Will the developers acknowledge that the “winter bubble” that is planned will allow for play, but not for spectators? 6. Who is responsible for funding the brownfield cleanup? 7. Who is responsible for maintenance of the site during the off-season? Who is responsible for the entities that share the site (i.e., booking of a function hall, etc.)? 8. What are the mixed use options (i.e. indoor facilities) that can keep the site active year-round? Won’t a restaurant on the facility (in addition to hotdogs, etc.), actually harm efforts to get people from the stadium to the downtown restaurants? 9. Will the correction be made more saliently?: this is NOT a minor league team but an independent league team. Why embrace an Independent League team when a local independent league team (Lynn) recently failed? 10. Why was the stadium rejected from 2 other sites? 11. What, specifically, are the jobs and how many will be created?
Joe Gray January 09, 2012 at 08:52 PM
I never said that I wasn't in favor of the stadium. That's a stretch. No one can guarantee that this project will be a success in whatever it is supposed to achieve for the area. Putting city hall in the middle of the street was supposed to be good for downtown too. We just don't know. I don't know how others feel, but I'm unable to scare up real emotions over this project, when there are so many other things in this town that need to get fixed. Maybe if his succeeds, I'll take the kids to a game, if it isn't too expensive. I just don't want access blocked, if I need to make a quick stop to pick up bread or milk on the way home. Just basic needs on my part.
Chris Caesar January 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Hey, I'm not trying to put words in your mouth, I thought you meant "you weren't feeling" the stadium. My bad. I agree about wanting Stop and Shop access!
Chris Caesar January 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Wow, thanks! That's a lot of questions.
DannyBoy January 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
maldensgreat: These are great questions that you ask and I believe you can post them in the survey that is being done online at the city's website (http://www.cityofmalden.org/). Good stuff.
maldensgreat January 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
D, yes I asked these questions on the city website's survey, but they have since taken down the survey. As of right now, you can still access the survey via the city's facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/cityofmalden?sk=app_127709503932081
Naomi Brave January 09, 2012 at 09:49 PM
1)What plans are being made for use of the site during off season, or even off nights? 2) What connections for pedestrians and bikes are on the plans? Safe connections to T and Bike path for non-cars are a must for this site. 3) What happens if the team folds? 4) Where will attendees park cars? 5) Can we insist they use existing lots? 6) What other options is the City looking at?
Joe Gray January 09, 2012 at 10:35 PM
What if this becomes a success and all free parking for blocks in every direction is monopolized by game attendees? Will surrounding businesses, like Blockbuster, Walgreens, Bank of America, Bowling Alley and Stop and Shop start policing their parking lots to keep out ballgame people, who might squeeze out local shoppers? I wonder. Parking near city hall is already a mess. This could make it worse, on the wrong days or nights. In layman's terms, that is my biggest concern right now.
John Q January 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
The Charter school will swoop in and take this place over if it does fail, I can see that Eagle in the middle of the field!!! (that was a joke purple kool aid drinkers)Joe, as for that Stop and Shop, you have to admit, its a dump, although one of their biggest money makers, and losers, more stuff walks out of that place than the Malden treasurers office. As for the stuff thats under most of Commercial st, doesnt really matter what they put there, who ever buys it/owns it/ will have to clean it up, and there is a ton of federal clean up money out there, not as much as what walks out of City hall, still a ton though There will be more parking garages under more apartments in Downtown, and thats a fact, so parking shouldnt be an issue, unless of course you live in the neighborhoods close by, then you might want to get out the parking ticket patrol people. Oh ya, there is Yawkey way money involved here, so look to the Sea dogs to move in shortly after the first sod takes. The trial balloons are up, these guys with the money, no, not the theives coming out of the treasuers office, but the suits behind the scenes are listening. BTW, maldensgr8, #1 is pointless, you cant see 235 Pleasant st from 195 Pleasant st and until City hall takes the blinders off, there will never be any vision, or master plan...just allot of hot air and missing money!
Raj January 10, 2012 at 12:25 AM
how about paving the streets first, mine hasn't been paved since the Lucey administration!
maldensgreat January 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM
John Q., it's not the Sea Dogs; Bok has announced that it will be an "Atlantic League" team (not affiliated with any major league team) according to this article: http://www.cityofmalden.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.pageDetails&id=4783&typeID=97
Paul Tetta January 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
That is correct. The team they are planning on having in Malden will be a member of the Atlantic League. It won't be a "minor league" team (i.e. affiliated with MLB). It's all on the city website. To be fair, this league has had its successes, but also its failures. So only time will tell. There are so many questions that still need to be answered. Hopefully, the city will answer them all and the best decision will be made. I urge people to attend the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 7PM at City Hall - there will be a presentation about the stadium. It's important we all hear the info before we rush to judgment. It's also important that we question what we hear and are allowed, at some point, to ask those questions.
Natalie January 11, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Great questions and I hope they'll be addressed at the meeting. If not, hopefully some of us will be there to make a stink!
Karen Yates January 11, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I hope they keep the beautiful crabapple trees that are on that site. We have so few big, ornamental trees in Malden; cutting the crabapples down and planting new ones wouldn't be the same.
Nick Cohen January 11, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I stumbled across this article from Yonkers, New York about a river restoration project, including "daylighting" of the river, that has been connected to a downtown revitalization plan, involving a potential professional baseball stadium. Sound familiar? http://epa.gov/brownfields/success/BF_SS-Yonkers-Saw-Mill-032911.pdf Perhaps we can learn from the experience in Yonkers.
ForestDale January 11, 2012 at 10:35 PM
One important issue that needs to be addressed regardless of whatever they build on this site is the RT 60/Commercial St intersection. Currently, it is a pedestrian nightmare. If the city really cares about connecting this development to downtown this intersection has to be made much more pedestrian friendly. And that doesn't mean just slightly widening the median strip, throwing up a few planters and calling it a day. The whole area needs to be reconfigured. Narrowing RT60 along the entire block from Commercial St to Main St would be a good start and encouraging development along both sidewalks with ground floor retail would be another big step. That said, I'm not exactly holding my breath
stella January 13, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The city needs to address the gangs here in malden before spending 45 million on something that will only bring more trouble to malden. Just the other night a teenager was stripped and robbed at holy cross cemetery. Lets take malden back to the ALL AMERICAN CITY we once had.So before spending money on something we really dont need use the money for more police officers public safety should be the number one priority. Get rid of the gangs now and make malden a safe city to live in once again.
stella January 13, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Forgot to mention that the teenager that was stripped and robbed at holy cross cemetery was held up by gun point.
Chris Caesar January 13, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Just wanted to weigh in, Mad Dog: the project is being totally financed by the developer, not with city taxdollars.
stella January 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
If the developer is paying for the ball park are they going to put money aside for public safety. You know as well as i do what type of people this will bring into our city. Put public safety first you can not put a dollar amount on a human life. Get rid of all the gangs and show that MALDEN will not put up with this type of behavior. SAFETY FIRST BALL PARK SECOND unless someones pockets are getting filled.
stella January 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Michael, I am not preaching about the gangs. Also the malden police are well aware of the gangs here in malden and i for one cant praise the malden police enough they are doing the best they can with what they have. My concern is do we have or will we have enough police protection to handle the crowds if something was to happen during an event at the so called new ball park.
stella January 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM
John Oxenford, You must have low self esteem of yourself to lash out at someone who is just trying to let you know what is going on in malden. As far as you saying there are no gangs in malden have you asked the malden police. I dont think you have as they would of told you there were. They also would of told you about other cities gangs coming into our city.As a vietnam veteran who fought for the rights of this country I do have to say your ignorance is something else. If you can not reply nicely to a comment then please do not comment at all.

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