Converse Family Weighs In on Malden Hospital Site Debate

Malden Advocate | May 4, 2018 | by Barbara Taormina

The great-great-grandson of the city’s first mayor and benefactor extraordinaire, Elisha Converse, was in Malden this week to show support for the proposal to preserve the Malden Hospital site for community projects and open space. Peter Converse made the trip from his home in Jamestown, R.I., for a presentation by the Friends of Fellsmere Heights to the City Council on the group’s 16+2 proposal, which would preserve 16 acres of the 18-acre site for the public with the remaining land being used for some type of development. The Friends have developed their plan as an alternative to the Fellsmere Housing Group’s proposal to build a residential complex of 214 condos, 18 townhouses and 18 single-family homes on the site.

Converse told councillors that he was speaking on behalf of 25 members of the Converse family who support the Friends’ plan to conserve the hospital land, which was donated to the city, in part, by Elisha Converse and his wife, Mary. 

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Residents Present a Community Plan for Malden Hospital Site

Malden Advocate | May 4, 2018 | by Barbara Taormina

The Friends of Fellsmere Heights were at the City Council meeting this week to present a proposal to redevelop the Malden Hospital site, a plan to help pay for the project and a strategy to get to the next step. Bob Doolittle, vice president of the nonprofit group, outlined the Friends’ proposal to devote 16 acres of the site to open space and community uses, such as athletic fields, gardens and a performance space. The remaining two acres would be reserved for private development, ideally for senior housing.

“The great goal of the Friends, an alliance to bring together former adversaries, is to do something wonderful up there on the hill,” said Doolittle.

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Medford, Malden Councilors Meet to Discuss Future of Malden Hospital

Wicked Local Malden | Mar 3, 2018 | By Miranda Willson

It was the first of many joint community meetings, according to the councilors.

Nearly 20 years after the historic Malden Hospital closed its doors, the Malden Hospital Ad Hoc committees from both the Medford and Malden City Councils met for the first time on Feb. 28 to discuss the future of the 18-acre site.

Now, Medford City Councilors John Falco Jr., George Scarpelli and Breanna Lungo-Koehn, who serve on Medford’s ad hoc committee, are asking Mayor Stephanie M. Burke to form a partnership with Malden Mayor Gary Christensen to engage in discussions with MelroseWakefield Healthcare, formerly Hallmark Health, the site’s owner.

The councilors voted unanimously to make that request at the meeting, as well as to ask the city administration to survey residents about what they want – and don’t want – to see on the Malden Hospital site, part of which crosses the Medford border.

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