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Mayor's Quest To Tear Down City Hall Underway

The city council approved plans to seek proposals for relocating city services Tuesday night. What do you think of the mayor's plans to tear down city hall?

The city council approved plans to issue two requests for proposals Tuesday night, both seeking plans to relocate city hall services as part of Mayor Gary Christenson's goal of tearing down city hall by the end of his term.

Once vacated, the city will likely begin a separate process seeking proposals for redevelopment of the 200 Pleasant St. parcel.

Administration officials hope that re-purposing the property - adjacent to one of the MBTA's busiest T stations - will stimulate downtown economic development and more effectively re-purpose one of the city's most expensive pieces of real estate.

More details to come as they become available.  

For more information on the mayor's proposal, check out our coverage from earlier this year.

What do you think? Wlil tearing down city hall be the economic shot-in-the-arm Pleasant St. needs? 

kevin lucey October 24, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Why can't you repurpose one of the parking lots afterall buildings are just concrete this would save probably more than half on the building cost , or you could use the vacant superfitness parcel
kevin lucey October 24, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Parking garage
AnnieOMalden October 24, 2012 at 05:11 PM
At least City Hall has a home now. The east side does not have a fire station due to the negligence of Neil Kinnon's school. Why are we selling the Emerson school to Neil Kinnon for his school and we have to go out and buy property for a new City Hall? Funny how he sits as chair of the Public Property committee and now the way has been cleared to purchase another property from the city. Maybe we should lease it back from him to put City Hall there? Oops, that would be another mistake like the last one where we lost our fire station.
coldwaterdiver October 24, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Dont forget, you need two sights most likely, one for the PD, one for city hall. Has anything happened with the McFadden? Too bad the city pretty much gave away the Glenwood school, good size building with plenty of parking,..
Tony H. October 24, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Kevin, you might be able to repurpose the PD into a parking garage, but keep in mind that building the supports needed for a parking garage is an expensive undertaking. Likely much more expensive than knocking down and starting from scratch. The Heritage building parking lot is now public parking after 5pm. I say you create a driveway from Pleasant through to that parking lot instead of building another parking garage.
Amanda October 24, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Huh? Is your name Deb?
Tony H. October 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Are you calling me a Deb? heh
Chris Caesar October 24, 2012 at 06:19 PM
They're also going to cost a lot of money to maintain, which is another reason the Mayor says he's interested in doing this. I'm not sure what the vision is, but I would imagine it would be something building off T foot traffic and tearing down the visual and physical wall between the station and downtown Malden. As for the police station, I don't have details but have learned that dealing with that HVAC issue will not be as difficult as originally thought. The PD may even stay there. Of course, there are no details on anything yet.
Chris Caesar October 24, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Aren't there already quite a few parking garages downtown?
coldwaterdiver October 24, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Really? Theres washington street where most of the traffic is going to go one way or the other, but beyond that, how many streets do you count? The one next to cvs is a bit of a cut through, but you have to do that to go around the square if your in a car. I walk to and from Malden square regularly, and car traffic has never been an issue for me. Theres plenty of problems, but Idont see that as one.
Matthew October 24, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Annie....... Here here. I agree %100 If the city were going to purchase a private piece of land to build a new city hall and police station, instead of land they already own. Then it should have happened a few years ago when the old Davidson Cheverolet property was available. It would have been a good place, and probably at a decent price, to build a new city hall and police station. Instead of the Charter School gobbling it up.
coldwaterdiver October 24, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Annie way to change topics. Just for kicks, how many fire related deaths have occurred in Maplewood since that firestation was closed? And, technicaly, dont they now have one on the revere line?
Matthew October 24, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Chris...... The HVAC issue? Really??? Before we even consider a new police station. How about getting the city to deal with the radio transmission situation that exists for the officers. The current radio system is a joke!!!!! Officer safety is at risk on every transmission.
Matthew October 24, 2012 at 06:45 PM
coldwater........So someone has to die in your eyes from a fire related incident to make your point? Really?
Matthew October 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Yeah those two sites would have been a great place for either city hall or a poilce station.
AnnieOMalden October 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
coldwaterdiver: Ask the family whose house was burned out if they thought the fire dept. would've been there sooner if the Maplewood area still had the station. I know the house on Orchard St. would not have sustained as much damage. No disrespect to the brave ff's we have in this city as they do the best they can do with what they are dealt. No way should we be spending money to relocate City Hall before we make sure our safety is the top priority. There are "needs" and "wants" and moving City Hall is not a "need" over replacing our fire station on the east side. Sadly the Ward 6 Councilor is too busy legislating parking stickers and residency requirements over safety of his ward even though he is the chair of the Safety Committee!
Bobby James October 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
@coldwater - if a fire truck ever has to make it down Salem St. from Revere during the AM or PM school rush @ Linden or MVRCS I'm sure there will be life threatening consequences.
Erik Royds October 24, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Read through this and didn't see anyone bring this up BUT The Mayor has stated on many occasions he does not wish to rebuild City Hall but to rent/lease office space in an already existing space and let the landlord/property company deal with the issues such as poor internet/wireless, heat, AC, glory holes, security, etc. Mr. Christenson stated in his stump speeches and in online forums since taking office that the Middlesex County Sheriff's Dept. saved substantial costs yearly by doing this same thing.
Michael Victor October 24, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Went to one of those parking sticker meetings and Ward Six Councilor is the presenter but legislation takes a majority of the Council. I think its a good idea and so did the majority of people at the meetings but Annie just turned this article into something so she could go on her rant which she hasn't done in a while. It was coming. As for the Firestation it was your fake mold candidate Annie who closed the Firestation. Lets move on we have an Eastside Firestation down in Overlook not perfectly situated but none is unless its right next to your house. Lets get back on the story here and not your personal vendetta.
Chris Caesar October 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I think she is talking to the OP, jokingly insinuating it is Christenson's electoral rival Deb Fallon.
robert wilson October 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I've been for opening up Pleasent St since that monster was built, asa long as long as whoever gets to build there leaves Pleasent St. open.
paul surette October 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Wow, someone that actually remembers Signor Pizza....right across the corner where Jack In The Box was.
paul surette October 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I would have to agree with a certain 'someone' here, as much as it kills me. ...1.) Why are we going to demolish a 36 year old building that took forever and a day to pay for? ...2) The costs alone to demo a building of that size are astronomical...we gonna take cheap bids? Seriously? And guess whose gonna pay for this demo....you guessed right....US! ....3.) Ok, so now you need to find a new property....are you going to start floating bonds to build? Or, are you going to spend another fortune on a leased building, and spend ridiculous amounts of money to bring the technology into OUR time? This whole thing has loss written all over it! Jesus, even Donald Trump knows how to take an old piece of commercial property and revitalize it. This is all on YOUR dime, folks. Good luck!
Bill M October 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Move the senior center to Mcfadden. Move city hall to the senior center.
Diana October 24, 2012 at 10:58 PM
McFadden Manor is difficult for seniors who depend on public transportation to get to. Is transportation arranged for seniors to go to and from the center?
AnnieOMalden October 25, 2012 at 05:14 AM
MV: I made it to all 3 meetings. Make no mistake, the parking sticker idea has its merits. What I have a problem with is the devil in the details. Let's call it like it is: another tax on the citizens. Oh yeah, the first one is free...whoopdy do! It's going to be another cost of doing business in Malden. Oh, except for the "business areas". If I choose not to purchase one I can only park in a business area during the week from 12:01am Mon until midnight Friday...I think... or maybe it will change because no one really knows all the answers and that is why we are having these meetings. "Trust us, we will figure it out as we go along." Really? How is the blue bag program going? Didn't the Mayor promise some kind of announcement after Labor Day? Well, it's after Columbus Day and no news. Say what you will about Deb Fallon that bag would've been gone last Jan and she liked Everett's program. It just so happened we bought a house 2 blocks from the existing fire station. It was not my idea but of those who came long before me who decided the proper location. Times change but some things don't and we have an increased population in this area which needs the services of a fire station closer to this area than Overlook. Have you been there? It only has 1 truck. Before we spend money to move City Hall, we need to build another fire station. Period.
mats October 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM
My sister worked at Signor Pizza, that's a trip down memory lane!
david mokal October 25, 2012 at 01:06 PM
George meeee toooo you must be a class of 65 er like me. Niepris I never thought anyone here on this site would remember that. Two Army and Navy Stores and what would be better than a Granada, Autotorium and Strand Theatrer. LOL
Bill M October 25, 2012 at 09:55 PM
How about a brand new combination city hall,fire station and police station on Eastern ave?
Jen Pawlowski October 26, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Wow...many voices have been heard here. I agree that we should move city hall to open up Pleasant St. I think the building could be demolished to open up the street to both car and pedestrian traffic. Malden businesses would benifit from this especially with the T station being so close. I would propose leaving the police station where it is as well as the stairs heading to the station. If moving city hall to a leased location would save money in the long run due to a reduction in maintenance costs, couldn't we use those future savings to pay off the demolition costs and for other services like fire stations and police officers. As for the parking permit program, I do not know enough about it to comment, but I can say that I am happy to pay for the blue bag trash program. I see that it is making a difference in our neighborhood. More residents are recycling and reducing their trash. Does anybody know if there is a list of proposed lease properties for a new city hall location?

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