For Immediate Release - May 15, 2017

Secretary Ash Breaks Ground at Malden City Hall

Three MassWorks awards will facilitate greater connectivity in Malden’s downtown

Malden – May 15, 2017 – On Friday, May 12, Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash joined Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and local leaders to celebrate the demolition of Malden City Hall, replacing its municipal buildings with a mixed-use development. Three MassWorks awards, totaling $9.85 million, were made to the city in 2013, 2014 and 2015 to support this effort. The development will create 320 market-rate housing units, re-connect Pleasant Street, and house City Hall. MassWorks awards specifically supported the relocation of Malden’s Police Headquarters to allow for the redevelopment to move forward.

“The MassWorks Infrastructure Program is successful because it provides resources to shovel-ready, impactful projects that further community-driven goals,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to support Malden’s efforts to build a vibrant downtown with flourishing small businesses, open green space and transit options for its residents and visitors.”

“I congratulate Malden on crafting a comprehensive downtown vision that will provide residents with a true live-work-play experience,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Vibrant downtowns with flourishing small businesses, open green space and transit options give residents and visitors alike the opportunity to engage fully in with cities, and we are witnessing that begin today in Malden.”

The Jefferson Apartment Group’s redevelopment project includes 320 market-rate residential units in two buildings, with 246 units in the South Building and 74 units in the North Building. The North Building will include approximately 45,000 square feet of office space that will be sold to the City of Malden and transformed into the new Malden City Hall. The property will include approximately 22,000 square feet of ground floor retail on Commercial and Pleasant Streets.  A new open park will be established between the Heritage Apartments and the North Building, creating opportunities for civic events and outdoor dining for residents and visitors.

“The state’s funding commitment to Malden leverages significant private investment, helping the city reach their housing needs and creating commercial opportunities,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “This redevelopment will attract new residents, better connect downtown to transportation options and support new enterprises, resulting in long-term benefits for the city.”

“Finally, the highly anticipated next step in redeveloping our downtown corridor was realized,” said Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. “I am truly grateful to the Legislative Delegation, our City Council, Sandi Silk and her team at Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG), and my dedicated team including Strategic Planning and Financial Analyst Ron Hogan and Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Deborah Burke whose hard work and collaboration on this project has brought us to today’s great celebration.”

"Malden's downtown redevelopment will further strengthen the City's vigorous growth of recent years," said Senator Jason Lewis.  "This vibrant community that I am proud to represent will become even more of a regional hub.  This effort will benefit residents and small businesses, and have positive impacts in the areas of housing, recreation, public safety, and more.  I'm pleased that the Commonwealth has been able to support Malden's vision in this substantial way."

"This is a great step forward in the continued revitalization of the Malden Square area. This redevelopment will complement the hard work that has gone into making downtown Malden a diverse, vibrant, and dynamic city center," said Representative Paul Brodeur.

"I am excited to be part of a historic project in our great city today as we begin to reconnect our downtown and revitalize our business community,” said Representative Steven Ultrino. “I'm proud to be able to play a small role in seeing this project become a reality"

“The Commonwealth’s support ‘unlocked the box’ for a redevelopment that has been dreamed about for years,” said Sandi Silk, Senior Vice President for Jefferson Apartment Group. “Projects like this one take creativity and collaboration from all parties – both public and private – and we are excited to be moving forward with the demolition of the existing buildings which is the first truly visible step in a years long redevelopment project which is targeted for completion in 2019.”

The MassWorks Infrastructure Program provides public infrastructure funding to shovel-ready projects that generate new private investment in housing production and job creation. Since its inception in 2011, the MassWorks Program has invested over $418 million through competitive grant rounds, in 215 projects throughout the Commonwealth. The 2016 competitive grant round awarded $85 million to 34 projects in 33 communities.

In August 2016, Governor Baker signed An Act Relative to Job Creation and Workforce Development (H.4569) to reauthorize MassWorks and support $500 million of future investment in critical infrastructure, a significant commitment by the Commonwealth. The Baker-Polito Administration has increased MassWorks funding by $35 million over the past two fiscal years, investing $168 million for 82 projects across 69 communities.