FoFH-BAC Malden Hospital Survey in Six Languages

BAC Gateway Initiative Project Team

Our Malden and Medford community is very diverse, with most of Malden and parts of Medford designated as Environmental Justice areas having some combination of minority, income, and English isolation. To embrace our diversity, we wanted to ensure that everyone in our community had an opportunity to participate in a community-based plan for the former Malden Hospital property.

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Malden Hospital’s Time May Have Arrived

Malden Advocate | Jan 4, 2019 | by Barbara Taormina

Three years ago, 71 percent of the residents who went to the polls for the local election voted in favor of the city acquiring the Malden Hospital site, and although it has taken some time, a plan is now in the works.

The nonprofit group Friends of Fellsmere Heights has teamed up with Boston Architectural College to develop a conceptual community-based plan for the 18-acre site that straddles the border of Malden and Medford. Hospital site review committees from both cities hope the plan will help open negotiations with the site’s owners, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, formerly Hallmark Health, and provide the information needed to tap state grants and other funding opportunities.

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FoFH is Awarded a Boston Architectural College Gateway Initiative Community Partnership

BAC Gateway Initiative Project

It all started with a phone call. And the rest, they say, is history. Board liaison Leah Emerson was looking for resources online for capacity building and support of FoFH's mission to bring community-based redevelopment options and planning expertise to the former Malden Hospital. Joy Pearson of FoFH wasted no time in calling the Boston Architectural College (BAC) directly to follow that lead. She got Ben Peterson, the BAC's Gateway Initiative Director, on the first ring. Learning the brief history of the property and about the adjacent Olmsted, Olmsted & Eliot designed Fellsmere Park, Ben was intrigued.

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