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Former Executive Director, Henry J. "Hank" Mulhern, Jr.  Passes Away

It is with deep sadness that the MRA Board and staff announce that former MRA executive director, Henry J. "Hank" Mulhern, Jr. passed away April 12.  Mr. Mulhern was a formidable leader having served the agency at a time when the city underwent a significant redevelopment effort.  Employed by the agency for 22 years, he served as its executive director
from 1984 to 1989. 

Passionate about Malden and its causes, Hank oversaw millions of dollars in economic development improvements during his career while at the same time volunteering his help to causes in which he fiercely believed. One of those causes was the renovation and expansion of the Malden Public Library in 1996. Hank who was then retired from the agency worked arduously with the Library Director Dina Malgeri, since retired, and Malden Library Board of Trustees Chairman Florence Burns, since deceased, on that major
rebuilding effort.

"He was a great leader and mentor who will be sadly missed," said Deborah Burke, Executive Director of the MRA.

Mr. Mulhern was the husband of Margaret (Borsari), and is survived by Maureen (McCarthy), mother of his five children, Michael H. Mulhern, Mark Mulhern and his wife Karin, James F. Mulhern and his partner Jim, Mary-Beth Sullivan and her husband Jim, Daniel P. Mulhern and his wife Amanda.  Brother of Francis X. Mulhern, cousin of Sr. Virginia Mulhern. Brother of the late Margaret Gilligan, Ann O'Sullivan and James G. Mulhern.
Also survived by 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild
as well as many nieces and nephews. 

The Malden Redevelopment Authority is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Created by state statute, the Malden Redevelopment Authority was established on October 8, 1958. On behalf of the City of Malden, the agency administers the federal Community Development Block Grant program, serves as the lead economic development agency in the City of Malden, administers low-interest loan and mortgage programs for owners of residential and commercial properties, manages many public works improvement projects and oversees the off-street parking program in the downtown.

The MRA is also the representative member of the North Suburban Consortium and administers federal HOME funding which aids in affordable housing and development.  To learn more about the NSC and affordable housing opportunities, visit the NSC's website (

Mission Statement

It is important to the Malden Redevelopment Authority that the City enjoys economic vitality, strong and vibrant neighborhoods, collaborative and supportive private sector partners committed to future growth and the best quality of life possible for all of Malden's 59,000 plus residents.  Utilizing federal, state and local resources, the purpose of the agency is to eliminate blight and blighting influences in neighborhoods and commercial centers, create employment opportunities for local residents, increase tax revenues to the City of Malden through sound economic development and create market rate and affordable housing opportunities for the benefit of the
citizens of the City of Malden

To view the City of Malden's 5 Year Strategic Plan for
FY2011 - FY2015, and its Year 3 Action Plan, 
click on the links below.
Malden 5 Year Strategic Plan FFY2010 - FFY2014

Click link below to view:
Malden Year 4 Action Plan (Draft)

Click link below to view:
Malden Year 3 CAPER Narrative for FFY2012 (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013)


Housing Rehab and Lead Abatement Programs

Contractors interested in obtaining information about the Malden Redevelopment Authority's Housing Rehab and Lead Abatement Programs, should contact Andrew Scarano, Director of Neighborhood Revitalization, Malden Redevelopment Authority, 176 Pearl Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148, (781) 397-1940 or email at  
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8-4, Tuesday 8-7
and Friday 8-noon.


The MRA, in conjunction with the Mayor's Office, redeveloped the formerly vacant Sacred Hearts Convent in order to create affordable places for artists to live and work in downtown Malden.  Close to the Orange
Line T, and with a new gallery and roof-deck, the Irving Street Studios are setting the bar high as Malden's First Artist Building!


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