Friday, May 25, 2012
Union President George Romvos criticized the administration for the lack of a new east side fire station in the city, after it's Maplewood station closed last year.
A Thursday morning house fire in a Fremont St. triple-decker - only blocks from the city's former East Side Fire Station - came on the heels of a strong statement from the firefighter's union last week, criticizing Mayor Gary Christenson for failing to “prioritize the safety initiatives of our Malden Fire Fighters”, including the creation of a new station for the city's east side. The fire was put out quickly by firefighters at 15 Fremont Thursday, with no one in the vacant apartment at the time of the blaze. A spokeswoman with the state Fire Marshal's office said the scene remains under investigation. “It appears that the Malden Fire Department and the concerns of Fire Fighters and citizens alike remain not a priority with the current …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
City's legal department is examining language for a purchase and sale agreement.
Malden is in negotiations to purchase land for a new east side fire station, according to Mayor Gary Christenson. Christenson mentioned the negotiations during an online chat Tuesday night. A reader had asked for an update on the station. The mayor declined to say what parcel the city was negotating to purchase. “We are having our legal department review the purchase and sale agreement,” said Christenson. When pressed, Christenson said the negotiations did not mean the purchase was imminent. The city has toyed with building a new east side fire station for decades, but the issue became a hot topic during a wild two weeks in April last year, after Fire Chief Michael Murphy closed the Maplewood station. The closure came on the heels of a …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Locations along Eastern Avenue under consideration. Mayor said mold was not a consideration in closing Laurel Street station.
The newly formed Fire Station Building Committee held its second meeting in the mayor’s office on Thursday. There are several locations under initial consideration for a new station, mainly along Eastern Avenue. One spot in particular was mentioned at Thursday’s meeting: Boston Steel, next to the former Davidson Chevrolet site. The location is not for sale and the owner has not indicated he’d be amenable to a deal, but Howard said he would approach the owner to see if there was any interest on his end. “We’re going to talk to them, mainly about the city’s interest,” said Howard. “It’s an interesting property, but he’s running Boston Steel, and it’s a going concern.” Boston Steel builds tanker trucks, and the sprawling facility has multiple…
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
A look at recent event surrounding the Maplewood Fire Station.
The Maplewood Fire Station is suddenly at the center of Malden politics again. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened to move the aging station into the spotlight: