City and State officials gathered in Malden on Tuesday afternoon, August 4th at 2:30 PM for a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the beginning of the construction of a new Police Station at 800 Eastern Avenue. Jay Ash, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts attended the ceremony. A speaking program was followed by a celebratory photo with attendees to memorialize this important milestone.
This new 24,000 square foot Malden Police Station is a critical part of a major redevelopment that will contribute to the economic revival of Downtown Malden. The future police station represents the first phase of a bold plan 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. Jefferson Apartment Group will then redevelop the site into a thriving mixed-use retail/residential/office development.
“This project is an example of staying true to your goals as the City Council, State Leaders, and Staff have demonstrated through their hard work and dedication to making it all happen. This is a major step in fulfilling our vision of making the City Hall site the cornerstone of our downtown,” Mayor Gary Christenson said.
The State is providing $9 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funds for this transformative development, which will aid in the construction of the new police station. This will be followed by a private investment of approximately $120 million by Jefferson Apartment Group for the Pleasant Street redevelopment project.
“The opening of the police station is an exciting part of the revitalization of Malden’s downtown,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “I look forward to seeing how this project and other MassWorks investments will continue to promote the development and growth of the city.”
Construction of the new police station is expected to be completed in the fall of 2016 in tandem with Jefferson Apartment Group’s plans to mobilize on the 200 Pleasant Street site to begin demolition.
Members of the Project Team include Flansburgh Architects; Hill International Inc., the project manager; and Commodore Builders, the construction manager. Members of the Building Committee for the project include Mayor Christenson, City Council President John Matheson, Ward Six Councillor Neil Kinnon, Ward Seven Councillor Neal Anderson, Police Chief Kevin Molis; Mayor’s Appointee Ron Hogan and Public Facilities Director Eric Rubin. The Advisory Committee members include Malden Redevelopment Authority Director Deborah Burke, Assistant City Solicitor Thomas Brennan, and Special Assistant to the Mayor Maria Luise.
Photos courtesy of Paul Hammersley
City of Malden