Proposed expansion of Malden apartments raises traffic concerns

Wicked Local Malden | By Aaron Leibowitz
November 30, 2016

quarrystoneCity officials are not quite ready to give the go-ahead to the latest phase of development along Route 1 at the border of Malden and Revere.

Citing traffic concerns, the Rowe’s Quarry Site Plan Review Committee tabled an application for three new five-story apartment buildings on Tuesday during its meeting at the Malden Senior Center.

The 326-unit proposal represents the latest phase in a massive development project overseen by Roseland Property Company, a Mack-Cali subsidiary that has already erected approximately 1,400 units at the former Rowe’s Quarry site in northeast Malden and across the Revere line. Ultimately, the project could expand to as many as 2,800 residential units, 150,000 square feet of commercial space, and a 250-room hotel.

The committee seemed poised to approve the 326 units until a resident, George Lane of Lynn Street, expressed concern that cars can only exit the community onto Salem Street. The road running through the community, Overlook Ridge Drive, does not connect to Route 1.

In 2009, MassHighway indicated it would build an on-ramp from Overlook Ridge Drive to Route 1 northbound in order to address traffic concerns, as long as the developer paid a design fee. But according to Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Deborah Burke, the project has fallen off the state’s priority list in recent years.

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