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The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (formerly Malden Redevelopment Authority) is located at 215 Pleasant St., 3rd Floor.

About Us

It is important to the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) 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 65,000+ residents.  Utilizing federal, state and local resources, the purpose of the MRA is to eliminate blight and blighting influences in neighborhoods and commercial centers, create employment opportunities for local residents, increase tax revenues to the City through sound economic development and create market rate and affordable housing opportunities for the benefit of the residents of Malden.

The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) is the economic development and urban planning agency for the City of Malden.  The MRA plays a significant role in helping to shape the City of Malden with its Strong Past...Proud Future.  The MRA is a self-sustaining agency that works in partnership with city government leaders and community groups to help Malden maintain its edge as a great place to live, work, play and explore.  The agency has a long history, having been created by an Act of the State Legislature in 1958.  On behalf of the City, the MRA administers the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs, oversees development in urban renewal areas, administers low-interest loan and mortgage programs and lead abatement programs and manages a variety of public works improvement projects.

From 1958 through 1972, much of its attention was devoted to the clearance of dilapidated properties and the reconstruction of the city's residential, commercial and industrial areas under four federally funded and one state funded urban renewal programs. In the 1960s those activities overlapped with the institution of a comprehensive housing rehabilitation program that continues to operate by providing loans and grants to income-eligible homeowners to address code violations and to abate lead-based paint. 

The MRA boasts a seasoned staff with expertise in grant writing, administration, home improvement and infrastructure upgrades. In its 63 year history, there have been six executive directors.  Deborah A. Burke, the present executive director, was appointed January 1, 2014.  The executive director is a member of the City's Master Plan Steering Committee; Sign Design Review Committee; Advisory Committee for the Building of a New Police Station; Internal Committee Coordinating the Redevelopment of the 200 Pleasant Street transit-oriented site; Chairperson of the Mayor's Economic Development Advisory Committee;  and Chairperson of the Open Space and Recreation Committee. 

The MRA is governed by a five member board -- four are appointed by the Mayor and one is appointed by the Governor.  All members serve staggered five-year terms.  Board meetings are open to the public and are held at 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Malden City Hall, 215 Pleasant Street, Malden (due to COVID-19, Board meetings may be postponed or conducted by remote access - see Board meeting notices on calendar). 

Board of Directors and Staff
The City of Malden is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to Fair Housing and Equal Opportunities in accordance with Federal Laws. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and familial status.