Mixed-use building proposed for Main Street in Melrose

Wicked Local Melrose | By Jeannette Hinkle
January 3, 2017

Long-awaited plans to develop Moynihan Plaza are moving forward.

In December, Winchester-based Wise Construction presented plans to demolish the one-story building that stands today at 530 Main St. and build a four-story mixed-use building featuring retail and residential space.

Bob Bell, who is representing developer John Wise on the project, said the proposed building was designed to be a “legacy building.”

“This is going to kind of set the standard of the quality of design that the city is looking for,” Bell said. “It’s going to be exciting.”

Building plans

The proposed building – designed by Bergmeyer Associates Inc. senior principal and Melrose resident Joe Nevin – will have a brick, wood and dark brown metal panel façade that city documents say will “blend nicely into the existing streetscape.”

Though the proposed building has four stories, Bell said only two stories would be visible from Main Street as the upper floors will be set back.

The full four stories, stretching 50 feet tall, would be visible from the Dill’s Court Municipal Parking Lot in the rear of the building.

According to city documents, the rear façade will be more modern than the traditional style of the Main Street façade, with walls angled and broken up to create visual interest and reduce the mass of the building. Like the front of the building, the rear façade will feature wood, brick and metal panel materials.

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