Mayor Gary Christenson welcomed State Senator Jason Lewis and a delegation of State Senators for a meeting at Boda Borg Boston on Pleasant Street. The event was part of the State Senate’s Commonwealth Conversations series taking place in districts throughout the state in an effort to make government more responsive and accessible. Earlier in the day the delegation participated in events in both Chelsea and Lynn. The focus of the Malden visit was on the economic development of Malden as a gateway city.
The Senate delegation included Senate President Stanley Rosenberg who is originally from Malden, Senators Joan Lovely, Sal DiDomenico, Ken Donnelly, Thomas McGee, John Keenan, Vinny Demacedo, Marc Pacheco, Bruce Tarr, and Michael Rodrigues. Also in attendance were State Representative Steve Ultrino, Stoneham Town Administrator Tom Younger, City Councillor Ryan O’Malley, Chamber of Commerce Director Jenna Coccimiglio and Board members Patty Kelly and Donna Dennoncourt. Chamber members Chad Ellis of Boda Borg Boston and Hoff’s Bakery owner Vince Frattura were also part of the presentation.
Upon arrival at Boda Borg, owner Chad Ellis led the group on a tour and explained the real-world interactive gaming environment of questing. During the meeting portion of the event, Mayor Christenson discussed Malden’s proud history and emphasized that now is a great time for businesses to invest in Malden. Attendees learned about several new residential developments, the building of the new police station, the impending demolition of City Hall and reopening Pleasant Street to through traffic, and the redevelopment of that site.
Boda Borg owner Chad Ellis spoke about his unique business and about how accommodating and supportive the City was in guiding him to getting up and running. His business, one of nine locations world-wide and the only one in this country had 150,000 customers last year. Vince Frattura of Hoff’s Bakery told about the relocation of his family-owned business from a 30,000 square foot building in Medford to a 100,000 square foot operation of wholesale, distribution and retail. He spoke of the great partnership with City and State officials who were in full support of his businesses’ investment of $16 million in the site.
The group then participated in a walking tour of Pleasant Street, observing the City Hall and Police Station buildings soon to be demolished, then headed towards Main Street to view the Converse Square area. The tour was concluded with a walk along Exchange Street noting current developments and the great potential of the area.
“I’m grateful to State Senator Jason Lewis for making Malden a priority,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “We are proud of the progress the City has made and are grateful for the continued partnership with our leaders at the state level.”
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