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Fellsmere Heights Community Meeting June 3, 2015


Presentation Agenda 1. History of Fellsmere Park 2. Fellsmere Community Meetings 3. Analysis of Site 4. Precedents 5. Vision Plan 6. Potential Program Uses 7. Outreach 8. Financial Outlook


History of Fellsmere Park


History of Fellsmere Park

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Frederick Law Olmsted Central Park

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Muddy River Reconstruction

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Plan for Emerald Necklace 1878-1896

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Fellsmere Community Meetings


• Community input for plan revision • Volunteers

Community Meeting on February 21, 2015

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GROUP

ACTIVITY

REVENUE GENERATING

SPORTS Grass field, sitting, frisbee

NOTES/ INSPIRATION Boston Common

Track Soccer field outdoor workout space tai chi, yoga tennis courts ball field

next to Flynn Rink

PROS

CONS

open space, can be used for multiple purposes creates safe walking path, and easy on strollers open space, can be used for multiple purposes

kids on weekends at games, brings traffic

bring about community

space

Fellsmere Pond Amerige Park

skateboard park

Malden skate park

bocce court, horseshoes court

North End

takes up too much space

bring community together

DESTINATION Field House, concessions, bathrooms

R

McDonald Stadium

bikes can create a safety hazard; cost if bikes and they take up a lot of space for rentals.

bike rentals

R

ice skating & rentals

R

roller skating rentals

R

merry go round

R

Rose Kennedy Park

Ferris wheel

R

London

Boston Common

utilize the area in winter months

cost of ice skates - possible get a 3rd party to run it? may casue a nuisance to walkers?

parking driving loop - no pass Fellsmere Community Meeting - Workshop Outcomes pedestrian safety thru

Sell food, hold rental equipment, Takes up space, most other parks contain bathrooms. do not have bathrooms.

creates a desitination effect; brings families creates a desitination effect; brings families allows the space to become a destimation maintains a high safety for visitors

high first cost high first cost takes away from the open space eliminates hospital road theu the area

DECISION


COMMUNITY performance and arts center (directed away from neighborhood) Community gardens

R

summer concerts like at city hall

creates a destination effect, and family fun event

Ward 5?

gets the community involved

Picnic tables, shaded w grilles dog park meeting space for civic groups toddler and parenting learning socializing facility

parking

brings neighbors to the area

uses up minimal building space first cost of building may not be feasible

Tower to watch skyline, fireworks

alla Mystic Parkway across from mall

Bus route, bus radius

existing

playground, shaded Water Fountain, water park for kids

alla Rose Kennedy park in North End

local artists convenience store parking Emergency egress to Medford

allows emergency access to Medfrod without the local traffic

is it feasible?

Farmer's Market

would be a great way to bring together the community

may not have adequate parking to allow

Memorial garden/ stone/ tree

Can provide the citizens a way to say thank you in memory of a loved one served by the hospital.

R

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high first cost of building


NATURE open space victory gardens alla Arnold Arboretums

Plants Access to Fellsmere Pond

convenience

may not be feasible with slope, cost of stairs

around edge of site

walking paths, trails therapy garden HOUSING elderly housing

R

does not effect overcrowded schools

affordable housing

very much needed

low density housing

low density; required for zoning

Minimize traffic concerns

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may not be fiscally feasable


Community Meeting on March 28, 2015

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Analysis of Site

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• Malden context

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• Density, lack of open space

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• Walking radii • Adjacent open spaces

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• Site plan overlaid on aerial map to compare site elements

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• Fellsmere Park site proper • Aerial shows current hospital condition and Malden/Medford border

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• Topography • Forested areas

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• Survey shows more detail • Parking (impervious areas), Roads, Topo

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• Study of flat vs. steep areas • Use this for understanding buildable zones with minimal cut/fill

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Hydrology Fellsmere Community Meeting - Analysis


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Stormwater Management Fellsmere Community Meeting - Analysis


• Impervious vs. pervious paving areas

224,031 SF

102,082 SF 2,357 SF

85,595 SF

5,910 SF

7,859 SF

118,208 SF Building Impervious 309,626 SF Paving Impervious = 427,834 SF Impervious Area (Existing)

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Intersection Study Areas Fellsmere Community Meeting - Analysis


• Intersection studies • Traffic analysis @ dangerous crossings

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55'-0 5/8"

5/8 37'-8

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51'-2

1/2

1 /8 "

3 47'"

103'-5 1/8"

Average time for pedestrian to cross a street = 3.5 ft/second

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103.5’ = 30 seconds


A lane diet is a reduction in travel lane width. Considerations

Chicanes require traffic to slow down to navigate an “S” curve in the roadway, as well as provide space for greenscape elements.

> Chicanes can serve as alternatives to speed tables. See Speed Tables later in this Chapter for more information. > Care should be taken to maintain space for bicyclists, and to avoid suddenly squeezing bicyclists into the traffic flow on streets with higher volumes of traffic, particularly in locations with steep uphill grades where bicyclists may be Reduce Lane Widths travelling considerably slower than motor vehicle traffic. > Designs should consider snow removal operations. Chicanes offer space to store snow in winter; however, visual cues should alert snow plow operators of the change in the roadway.

should accommodate stormwater drainage patterns.

Use

> Center islands with crosswalks and pedestrian refuges improve pedestrian safety and access by reducing crossing distances and enabling pedestrians to cross roadways in two stages. Islands with crossings should be designed with a stagger, or a “z” pattern 1, forcing pedestrians to face oncoming traffic before progressing through the second phase of the crossing. Center islands with crosswalks should meet all accessibility requirements. > Center islands can reduce the risk of head-on collisions and limit left turn opportunities to desirable locations (e.g., signalized intersections). > Center islands should be carefully designed to ensure proper drainage and maximize the potential for on-site stormwater retention and infiltration. > Landscaped center islands are considered enhanced treatments, and require a maintenance agreement.

Example candidates: Four-lane undivided roadways, which can be converted to a three-lane cross section (one lane in each direction with a center turn lane or center median), and multi-lane streets with extra capacity where one or more lanes can be removed. See Three Lanes with a Center Turn Lane later in this chapter for more information.

Consider narrowing lane widths based on the guidance in BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT the Minimum Lane Widths chart found on the next page. Reduced lane widths encourage slower vehicular speeds and can reduce crossing widths, further improving conditions for pedestrians and bicyclists. Example candidates: Streets with travel lanes that are more 10’ wide, streets with wide parking lanes, and than streets with wide center turn 1 lanes.

BOSTON TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT

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During resurfacing and restriping projects, removing travel or Fellsmere Community Meeting - Analysis parking lanes can provide additional space to install bicycle

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Opportunities for reallocating space: During reconstruction projects, space can be reallocated to widen sidewalks, create curb extensions, plant street trees or greenscape elements, install street furniture, implement bicycle lanes or cycle tracks, or provide on-street parking lanes.

Boston Complete Streets http://bostoncompletestreets.org/ Opportunities for reallocating space: During reconstruction projects, space can be reallocated to widen sidewalks, create curb extensions, plant street trees or greenscape elements, install street furniture, implement bicycle lanes or cycle tracks, or provide on-street parking lanes.

ROADWAYS

An analysis should be done to determine if there is excess capacity that can be reallocated to other modes by removing one or more parking or travel lanes. To reduce excessive delay for motor vehicles, it may be necessary to retain turn lanes at intersections and/or adjust signal timing. A capacity analysis is often necessary to evaluate the impacts of the proposed design on the operation of the roadway or the adjacent road network.

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ROADWAYS

Remove Lanes

> Sidewalks should not be reduced in width and bicycle lanes should not be eliminated in order to provide space o additional width for islands. > Center islands can be combined with mid-block pedestrian crossings to reduce crossing distances. For more information see the Intersections Chapter, Crosswalk Markings at Uncontrolled Locations. > Permeable surfaces, street trees, and low-growing (less 3’ at mature height including the height of the than curb and earthwork), drought-resistant plant materials should be used wherever safe and feasible. > Plants should be located as far from the curb as possible to prevent exposure to salt and sand. 6’ wide when used > Center islands should be at least for low plantings, 10’ wide for columnar trees and 18’ wide for larger shade trees. > Designs should consider snow removal operations. Center islands offer space to store snow in winter; however, visua cues should alert snow plow operators of the change in the roadway.

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A road diet is a reduction in overall roadway width.

A center island can be used to narrow the roadway, reduce motor vehicle speeds, and improve pedestrian crossings. Center islands alsoSpeed provide opportunities to introduce green tables should elements in the right-of-way, and can be used to absorb provide a smooth stormwater and reduce the heat island effect. transition, and designs

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2 Lane Diet

mid-block pedestrian crossings, sight distances must be maintained.

Considerations

ROADWAYS

1 Road Diet

the roadway.

Overview

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> Vegetation used in chicanes should generally be bicyclists. Determine if the street is a candidate for a: low-growing and low-maintenance. In locations with

opportunities to increase sidewalk space and introduce green street elements in the right-of-way.

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During resurfacing and restriping projects, installing minimum lane widths can provide additional space to install bicycle lanes or cycle tracks. On roadways with on-street parking and bicycle lanes, it is advantageous to provide additional width to either the parking lane or the bicycle lane, particularly in BOSTON COMPLETE STREETS GUIDELINES 107 areas with high parking turnover, to reduce the likelihood that a bicyclist will be struck by a motorist opening a car door.

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Precedents


Danehy Park Cambridge, MA https://cambridgehistory.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/dannehy-fade-1.jpg

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• Nearby comparable park

Pine Banks Park Malden

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• Former brownfield site • Successful as both passive and active recreation • Programmed spaces for events • Dog park

Danehy Park Cambridge, MA Fellsmere Community Meeting - Precedents


Vallon Park Lyon, La Duchère (France) Fellsmere Community Meeting - Precedents


• Study of site features • Multi-use landforms and spaces • Use of topography as program strategy

Vallon Park Lyon, La Duchère (France) Fellsmere Community Meeting - Precedents


Vallon Park Lyon, La Duchère (France) Fellsmere Community Meeting - Precedents


• Successful temporary open space • Copious revenue-generating opportunities

Lawn on D Boston Seaport Fellsmere Community Meeting - Precedents


• Nearby mixed-use housing precedent • Adjacent open spaces

Mixed-Use Housing River’s Edge, Medford

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Presentation Agenda 1. History of Fellsmere Park 2. Fellsmere Community Meetings 3. Analysis of Site 4. Precedents 5. Vision Plan 6. Potential Program Uses 7. Outreach 8. Financial Outlook


Vision Plan


LOOKOUT POINT

MIXED-USE HOUSING

MULTI-USE LAWN

THERAPY GARDENS

EVENT PAVILION

BI

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W AY

RETENTION POND

BIKEWAY LOOKOUT POINT

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Potential Program Uses


Meditation Garden Fellsmere Community Meeting - Potential Program Uses


Therapeutic Garden Fellsmere Community Meeting - Potential Program Uses


Community Garden

Rentable Event Spaces Fellsmere Community Meeting - Potential Program Uses


Walking Trails

Lookout Points

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Outreach


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Medford Patch Article - May 10

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Boston Globe Article - May 29


Friends of the Fellsmere Heights Website http://www.fellsmereheights.org/

Friends of the Fellsmere Heights Facebook Page Fellsmere Community Meeting - Outreach


Financial Outlook


The Three Costs of the Fellsmere Heights Community Vision

1. Purchase -- of the 18 acre site -- 20% of which is in Medford 2. Remediation -- Demolish the Hospital -- Remove Toxic Waste

6 million

4 million

3. Construction -- of a Community Plan 1-4 million -- over time as funds become available

Fellsmere Community Meeting - Financial Outlook


Paying for the Purchase

City of Malden takes property by eminent domain & pays for it with with help from city’s 12 M “Rainy Day Fund” and other city sources.

Developer helps buy the land to build 60-80 affordable housing units (whatever current zoning allows) but puts them all in a one four story building (new zoning) and grants an easement for community use of the rest

Fellsmere Community Meeting - Financial Outlook

6Million

Hallmark Health “bought” the land for $1 because Mayor Converse & others originally donated it to Malden for public health and the public good. Ask Hallmark to sell it back for $1 to another public entity to expand/protect Fellsmere Park, also created by Mayor Converse for the public good...

$400,000 Gateway City community grant coming to Malden shortly from the State of Massachusetts. (Gateway cities: “midsized urban centers facing stubborn economic and social challenges.”)


Paying for the Remediation

Secure federal toxic waste cleanup assistance such as the EPA’s Brownfield Grants and the Superfund - via link with Senator Markey’s office

The courts force Hallmark Health to remove the building which they abandoned and just left there to rot.

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4Million

As a demolition training exercise the US military (Seabees and National Guard) will sometimes take down a deteriorated building as a service to local communities

Hallmark Health takes responsibility for remediation to pave the way for Attorney General Healey’s approval of merger with Partners Health.


Paying for the Construction

Private grants from foundations and individuals Corporate grants: How about Converse Park? Other Massachusetts grants, other Federal grants. Private donations and bequests

State PARC Grant Medford -- $400 K State PARC Grant Malden -- $400 K

1-4Million

Help from the Everett Casino’s one million annual donation to bordering cities like Malden. Local support by adopting the CPA (Community Preservation Act) -- a $33 tax surcharge to obtain state funds for community projects matched at 25% of surcharge revenues. Medford residents are working to put the CPA on their ballot this year.

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Fellsmere Community Meeting - Developer’s Plan


LOOKOUT POINT

MIXED-USE HOUSING

MULTI-USE LAWN

THERAPY GARDENS

EVENT PAVILION

RETENTION POND

LOOKOUT POINT

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