The North Suburban Consortium (NSC) has reserved $1.5 million for construction of 77 units of senior housing on the site of St. Therese Church in Everett. Also planned for the site is a senior-focused health center. The project involves the demolition of St. Therese Church and related buildings and because of this, the Section 106 historic review process for St. Therese Senior Housing and Senior Focused Health Center is necessary.
Under Federal law, the City of Malden, working through the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), is the “Responsible Entity” for the HOME Program and will undertake an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as a review under related laws, including Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.
The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) advised the NSC that “the St. Therese Church Complex, including the Church, Parish Hall and Rectory, meets the criteria of eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places under criteria A and C at the local level of significance.” The MRA intends to make a finding of “adverse effect” and will undertake a Section 106 consultation process with the intent of developing and executing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA). The MOA will set forth ways to minimize adverse effects of removal of the buildings.
Working in collaboration with the City of Everett Department of Planning and Development, the MRA has begun the consultation process. Any interested parties should contact James Barnes, HOME Director, Malden Redevelopment Authority, at 781-324-5720, Ext. 5729 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This posting will be periodically updated to provide information on the status of this process, including copies of draft agreements.