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Improvements planned for Pleasant Street

Posted by Alix Roy  March 15, 2010 10:04 AM

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An artist's rendering shows proposed Pleasant Street improvements designed to attract visitors to Malden Square.

A $3.9 million project to revitalize Malden Square will draw visitors to the downtown through a series of streetscape improvements designed to make Pleasant Street friendlier for pedestrians, city officials announced.
 
The Pleasant Street Improvement Project includes plans for flowering trees, benches, improved lighting and a municipal clock at the Main Street entrance. A series of changes to the existing roadway include new crosswalks, a bikelane, and improved sidewalks. A parking building will provide over 50 additional spaces.

Design plans for the project are nearing 25 percent completion and construction is tentatively set to begin in the spring of 2011. Roughly $3.5 million in federal funds will be used to pay for the project, which is part of the administration's Master Plan for the downtown, developed in 1999.
 
“We're getting trees, sidewalks, everything to make Pleasant Street a more user-friendly environment,” said Malden Mayor Richard Howard in his State of the City Address.
 
Ward 4 City Councilor James Nestor, who sits on the city's Downtown Revitalization Committee, said the improvements also pave the way for the future relocation of Malden City Hall.
 
“I personally believe that is the key,” he said. “They're very smart in keeping options open.”

In talking to business owners in the downtown area, Nestor said parking is a key concern that will be addressed by the project.
 
“That's a big issue for them,” he said, adding that the trees and roadway improvements will give the area a friendlier vibe. “It will be much softer than it is now,” he said. “It's something the city's been wanting to do for a long time.”

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