Update on Local Properties

I am happy to report that there have been very positive developments regarding several key commercial properties throughout Melrose in recent weeks. As Mayor, I am often asked about specific properties. I am extremely encouraged by the direction of each of these crucial pieces of property in the City that are under new ownership and/or agreement. In Melrose, where nearly 95% of the properties are residential, having thriving businesses in our commercial districts is especially important.

Here is a rundown of recent developments:

Additional parking for downtown Melrose!

Kimball Court

In addition to the positive real estate developments described below, I am happy to report that I have sent a bond authorization to the Board of Aldermen for the City to purchase the property located at 1 Kimball Court (abutting Dills Court or Shaw’s Parking Lot) that was for sale. The acquisition of this property, if approved, will allow the City to add 21 critical parking spaces to that municipal lot. This will add a significant amount of parking to our downtown area that will give an immediate boost to local businesses and their patrons.

523 Franklin Street (Corinthian Hall)

Corinthian Hall

This anchor property in the Melrose Highlands was recently purchased by Cambridge West Partners LLC. I am very excited about their vision for this property, which will be a tremendous benefit to this newly renovated business district. Sujit Sitole, a principal in the company, said, “Melrose is lucky to have many established neighborhoods full of local and national businesses, and of course three train stations.  The City’s investment in these neighborhoods and visible commitment to smart growth is creating a great opportunity for businesses and residents.  This is very apparent in the Highlands, where the City has set the table for the neighborhood to grow into a transit oriented village with the high quality of life that is unique to New England. “

530 Main Street (Moynihan Plaza)

530 Main St

This landmark property in downtown Melrose formerly housed Breads and Bits of Ireland and currently is where Spice Thai and several other small businesses reside. The property in recent weeks has been purchased by John Wise, a respected business leader in Greater Boston.  There are several exciting improvements and renovations in the works for this property. His goal is to restore this property and enhance our beautiful downtown.

681 Main Street (The Caruso Building)

Caruso Building

After several years of vacancy, this building has been purchased and we are enthusiastic about the renovation and development of this property. This property will soon be under solid ownership, and residents should see improvements in the near future. We will be having discussions with the owners in the coming weeks.

454 Main Street (Absolutely Fabulous)

454 Main St

I am pleased to hear that a lease is being finalized that will bring a high end Italian restaurant to the location previously occupied by Absolutely Fabulous. There will be much more on this in the weeks to come but this is certainly a very positive development at this property downtown.

As we go into the summer, please make it a point to shop local during this summer season. The future of our business districts is in our collective hands.

Have a great Fourth of July, Melrose!


Celebrate Independence Day on Melrose Common on July 3

Come join us for our Annual Bike and Carriage Parade around Melrose Common on Friday, July 3. Bring your decorated bike, wagon, carriage, scooter, skateboard, or other custom ride and take part in the festivities. Registration starts at 10 a.m., and the parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. sharp, so be sure to register early! Parade winners will be announced at 11:15 a.m. by Tall Uncle Sam. We will also have free face painting, games, activities, and entertainment. Concessions will be available at the event for purchase.

New this year, Mike Piazza will be performing his Flying High Frisbee Dog Show from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Mike Piazza is the #1 K-9 Frisbee performer in the world, has been a world finalist multiple times, and is a former Long Distance World Record holder !


10:00 a.m. Parade Registration Opens
10:30 a.m. Parade Begins (10:30 a.m. sharp!)
11:00 a.m. Event Festivities Begin

  • Face Painting
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Games, Activities, and Crafts
  • Concessions

11:15 a.m. Parade Winners Announced
11:30 a.m. Frisbee Dog Show Begins
12:30 p.m. Event Ends

Trash and Recycling Reminders for This Week

Curbside trash and recycling will be on regular schedule during the week of June 29. The DPW Operations Facility and Recycling Center at 72 Tremont Street will be open regular hours Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2, and will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4.

DPW projects on Lebanon Street and Gould Street will continue Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 2. There will not be any work on Friday, July 3, and the site will be made clean and accessible for the 4th of July weekend.

For more information, call the DPW Resident Service Office at 781-665-0142.

Family Night at the Americans Game on July 2!

The City of Melrose will team up with its hometown team the Melrose Americans of the Intercity League on Thursday, July 2, for family fun entertainment at Morelli Field during the Americans game against the Wakefield Merchants. The Melrose Recreation Department will be hand offering free slush, face painting, games, entertainment, music, and more. Concessions will also be available during the game. First pitch will be at 7:30pm with all recreation activities at the field beginning at 7:15 p.m. All kids are encouraged to wear their t-ball / little league shirts. More information on the Intercity League and the Americans can be found at http://www.intercityleaguebaseball.com

Road and Sidewalk Work to Start on Gould St. This Week

Sidewalk and curbing improvements will begin on Gould Street on Monday, June 29. Work is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. during the week of June 29 and then will take place between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. moving forward. Construction will include removing and replacing existing sidewalks, adjusting curbing, and installing new curbing and sidewalks. Roadway grinding and repaving will follow sidewalk and curb work. Construction will continue for approximately 3-4 weeks.

There will not be any work on July 3, and the site will be made clean and accessible for the 4th of July weekend.

Watch the Messina Fine Arts Awards Presentation

We presented the Melrose Messina Fine Arts Awards to local artists and arts organizations a few weeks ago, and now, thanks to Mike Miner of MMTV, you can watch the whole thing! I was gratified to learn that several of the awards allowed the organizations to start programs that are now growing into larger initiatives. I want to thank the members of the MMFA Committee, who worked hard on this all year, and congratulate the artists and organizations who have done so much to enrich Melrose’s cultural life.