THE MALDEN ADVOCATE – Friday, June 28, 2019 Page 3 ~ LETTER-TO-THE-EDITOR ~ Dear Editor: Customarily I do not respond to Letters to the Editor, but the one that appeared in last week’s edition contained several inaccurate statements that I feel compelled to set the record straight in regards to the Malden Redevelopment Authority’s position on the historical importance of the buildings at One Salem St. and 15 Ferry St. Here are the facts: Fact: The Malden Redevelopment Authority is NOT enMRA Director responds to last week’s Letter to the Editor DIRECTOR | SEE PAGE 6 gaged in any “backroom deal” as alleged by the author to redevelop the site by demolishing the building at One Salem Street and/or demolishing or relocating the building at 15 Ferry Street. Fact: The MRA has seen the developer’s proposal, but has at no time endorsed such a plan. On the contrary, we are supportive of the Historical Commission’s decision to delay the demolition, and hope that the City and the residents can preserve the buildMalden Senior Center to host Dick Flavin on July 24 D ick Flavin is the “poet laureate” and senior ambassador of the Boston Red Sox and voice of Fenway Park, serving as a public address announcer for Red Sox day games. His television commentaries won seven New England Emmy Awards; he is a nationally known speaker and is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He wrote and starred in “According to Tip,” the acclaimed one-man play about legendary Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill. He is a New York Times bestselling author of “Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses,” a collection of 64 humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox. Please join Dick Flavin on Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the Malden Senior Community Center (7 Washington St. in Malden). ing’s historical value as much as possible. Fact: The MRA has at no time offered to sell its Main Street parking lot to the developer. In numerous internal conversations with the MRA Board of Directors and members of City government over the past few months, I have made it clear that this part of town known as Converse Square speaks to the city’s “strong past” as it sits as the gateway to an historic area that includes such magnificent structures as the Malden Public Library, Davenport Estates and the First Baptist Church. I have also cautioned that any changes to the look and feel of that area could have considerable impact on the community’s “proud future”. So we should tread very slowly. 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