Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) staff joined City, Federal and State officials at the June, 2017 ribbon cutting ceremonies of the opening of a new state-of-the-art Head Start preschool learning center in Malden. The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Head Start Center is located at 359 Commercial Street. ABCD Head Start and Children's Services is the largest early childhood education program serving Malden, Everett, Medford and Boston. ABCD has a proven track record in the field of early childhood development and in serving low-income families with comprehensive services.
Mystic Valley Development Commission (MVDC), the quasi-public entity created to oversee the development of River's Edge, gave site plan review approval--with conditions--for the renovation and expansion of 359 Commercial Street, which is within the River's Edge footprint. The renovation/expansion of the free-standing commercial building which was built on spec and was vacant for several years, included construction of a 4,548 square feet addition for office/classroom/hall space, 1,836 square feet of outdoor playground space and associated site improvements for the operation of the ABCD Head Start program. There are six classrooms occupied with 120 pre-school aged children. The MVDC leases the 359 Commercial Street property to 359 Commercial Street LLC of which Marc Gattineri is a principal. The investment in the renovation/expansion was estimated at $1.2 million.