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City and Elected Officials Tour Forestdale Park

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mayor Gary Christenson recently participated with Volunteers of America (VOA) President and CEO Thomas Bierbaum, State Representative Paul Brodeur, Ward 5 City Councillor Barbara Murphy, Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Deborah Burke and other local elected and City officials for a sneak-peek at the progress of Forestdale Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility. Forestdale Park is located at the former site of the longtime vacant City-run nursing home known as McFadden Manor, 341 Forest St. Under construction are 59 studio and one bedroom units, 18 units for residents needing memory support and three traditional senior housing units that offer varied levels of independent and assisted care. By all accounts, everyone in attendance was impressed with great progress of the facility and the finished units.

The long-time vacant property is historically significant given that it was once the Malden “poor-farm,” a refuge that provided food and shelter to those unable to provide for themselves and their families. In 1955, the farm evolved into the City run McFadden Manor Nursing Home. The nursing home closed in 2009 and fell into deep disrepair. Project Developer VOA, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those most in need, and those facing multiple challenges stepped up to the task. VOA has invested $28 Million to restore the property and reopen it as an assisted living facility that will be managed by Senior Living Residence of Braintree. VOA provides comprehensive programs for veterans, at-risk youth, adults and youth in recovery from addiction, elders and those in need of mental health treatment.

The facility is scheduled to open early in 2018. Residents are invited to tour the Forestdale Park facility, and model apartments June 26, 27 and 28 at 9 AM, 12 and 3 PM. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact or call 781-333-8903.

City and Elected Officials are welcomed to the Forestdale Park Facility

City and Elected Officials are welcomed to the Forestdale Park Facility

(From left) Thomas Bierbaum, VOA President and CEO; Tadd Clelland, Principal, Senior Living Residences; Dinah Olanoff, Executive Director Forestdale Park; Jamie McWilliams, Director of Sales at Senior Living Residences; Barbara Tolstrup, Chair of the Malden Historical Commission; Mayor Gary Christenson; Ward 5 Councillor Barbara Murphy; Christine Murphy of MATV; MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke; Ward 2 School Committee member Emmanuel Marsh; and Malden Building Commissioner Nelson Miller

Guests tour the premises

State Rep. Paul Brodeur, School Committee member Emmanuel Marsh and Mayor Gary Christenson participate in the tour led by Executive Director Dinah Olanoff

State Representative Paul Brodeur, Forestdale Park Executive Director Dinah Olanoff, and Ward 5 City Councillor Barbara Murphy

All the rooms in the model apartment are beautifully decorated

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos courtesy of Forestdale Park