Last month, the new owners of the former City Hall site, Jefferson Apartment Group (JAG) joined City and elected officials along with City staff for a ceremonial "Demolition Event" in advance of the impending removal of the City Hall and Police Station buildings at 200 Pleasant Street. The demolition represents the next phase of a longstanding plan to revitalize Malden Square by reopening Pleasant Street to through traffic, connecting Downtown Malden to the Malden Center MBTA Station and redeveloping the site into a thriving mixed-use retail/residential/office development. Participating in the event were Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash, State Senator Jason Lewis, State Representatives Paul Donato and Paul Brodeur, former Malden Mayors Richard Howard and Ed Lucey, members of the City Council and School Committee and City employees along with key players in the new development.
I think it's worth noting that during the preparation for the move out of 200 Pleasant Street we came across some interesting facts about the construction of the two buildings in the 1970's. The $10 Million project broke ground on June 1, 1973 with a speech by then Council President and Government Center Commissioner Herbert L. Jackson. He gave a history of the site and explained that the new buildings stood at the location of the former Strand Theater. When the building was complete only two floors of the "ultra-modern" City Hall were set to be used for City offices and the remaining space was set aside for tenants, including state and federal offices, shops and a potential restaurant. The idea was that this new "civic center" would be the "hub of a dazzling wheel of economic activity." The grand dedication took place on the first floor of the yet unfinished building on April 19, 1975 with a formal Colonial themed dinner dance that more than 1,300 people attended. The long-term plan was to close Pleasant Street from Main Street to Government Center for a pedestrian shopper's mall that would follow several years later. For more interesting facts about the construction of 200 Pleasant Street, click here.
Mayor Gary Christenson