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Malden Receives Additional MassWorks Grant for Downtown Revitalization

Monday, November 2, 2015

Mayor Gary Christenson and State Representatives Paul Donato and Steve Ultrino were pleased to accept an $850,000 MassWorks grant during a recent State House Ceremony held with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. The grant announcement is part of an $85 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program that awarded funding to 10 Massachusetts cities and towns undergoing redevelopment initiatives. To date, Malden has received $9.85 million for the downtown Malden/Police Station revitalization project. The legislative delegation including State Senator Jason Lewis and State Representative Paul Brodeur, who were unable to attend, worked towards the award.

Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Deborah Burke and Strategic Planning Analysist Ron Hogan, who prepared the City’s MassWorks application, also attended the ceremony in Boston with the Mayor. Malden received additional points for its application by executing a Community Compact Agreement with the Commonwealth. The Community Compact Agreement is a tool that the Baker/Polito administration uses to strengthen the partnership between cities and towns and the state. As part of the Compact, Malden has committed to furthering best practices in several areas including citizen engagement through electronic/technological communication and to study the feasibility of a community supported housing plan to create an appropriate mix of housing suitable to the community’s demographic. The Compact, signed by Mayor Christenson and Lt. Governor Polito also articulates commitments the Commonwealth will make on behalf of communities, including helping them to attain chosen best practices. Malden is the 48th community to sign the Community Compact Agreement with the state.

In September the City broke ground on the construction of the new Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue, which is a critical part of the redevelopment that will contribute to the economic revival of Downtown Malden. The future police station represents the first phase by the City of Malden to revitalize Malden Square by demolishing the existing City Hall and Police Station at 200 Pleasant Street, reopening Pleasant Street to through traffic, and connecting Downtown Malden to the Malden Center T Station. Upon the completion of the Police Station in the Fall of 2016, developer Jefferson Apartment Group will redevelop the transit oriented site into a thriving mixed-use retail/residential/office development that will include a new City Hall.

“The award of this additional funding clearly demonstrates the State's commitment to Malden's plans to unlock renewed opportunity and growth in downtown Malden,” said Mayor Christenson. “We are truly grateful to our Legislative Delegation, to Secretary Ash, and the Baker Administration for their continued support and commitment.”

“I’m very pleased to see Malden receive this well-earned $850,000 MassWorks grant to help support its downtown redevelopment efforts,” said Senator Jason Lewis.  “The ongoing revitalization of Malden’s downtown will be an economic boon to small businesses, residents, and the City, and I’m glad to see state government partnering with the city in this way.”

"Once again, Malden has received grant money that will revitalize the downtown area as we continue to move the city forward," said Representative Paul J. Donato.

“The MassWorks program supports local economic development opportunities identified by local leaders as important to their communities. This grant will supplement prior state and local investments in Malden and encourage additional private investment in the community,” said Representative Paul Brodeur.

“I’m very pleased that Malden has been awarded this additional funding,” said Representative Ultrino. “This money will support our efforts to revitalize downtown Malden and enhance our housing, public safety, and economic development goals.”