More than 200 people turned out at the October 22 ribbon cutting ceremonies for Malden's new Police Headquarters located at 800 Eastern Avenue. Speakers at the event included Mayor Gary Christenson, Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Councillors Barbara Murphy and Neil Kinnon, Police Commissioner Salvatore Gennetti and Police Chief Kevin Molis.
The event also included the unveiling of a memorial to four fallen Malden Police Officers: Watchman David S. Faulkner - 1868; Officer Isaiah L. McLain - 1934; Officer Edward C. Callahan - 1963; and Officer Allan F. Ray - 2014.
The new headquarters is scheduled to open to the public Tuesday, November 1. The building came in just under the $20 million estimated budget for construction, land acquisition and soft costs. Special features include a two story community room and a bright and airy lobby area. This is the first phase of the City’s plan to revitalize Malden Square by demolishing the existing City Hall and Police Station reopening Pleasant Street to through traffic and connecting Downtown Malden to the Malden Center T Station. Jefferson Apartment Group will then redevelop the combined 184 and 200 Pleasant Street sites into a thriving mixed-use retail/residential/office development.
The State provided $9.85 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funds to aid in the construction of the police headquarters. Jefferson Apartment Group will invest approximately $130 million for the Pleasant Street redevelopment project.
In addition to the Mayor, members of the City Council and the various speakers, others in the audience included former Malden Mayors James Conway and Richard Howard; retired Police Chief Ed Trabucco, State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representatives Steven Ultrino and Paul Brodeur.
In his tweet from the event, Secretary Ash said, "Plz to rep@MassGovernor in his support from Malden's redevelopment of its burgeoning downtown. Congrats Malden!"