Malden City Hall Sold

See what's planned for the Malden Square area.

Mayor Gary Christenson signs agreement with Greg Lamb and Sandi Silk of Jefferson Apartment Group. Photo credit: City of Malden
Mayor Gary Christenson signs agreement with Greg Lamb and Sandi Silk of Jefferson Apartment Group. Photo credit: City of Malden

The following is from the City of Malden.

With members of the Malden City Council looking on, Mayor Gary Christenson signed a Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) with Jefferson Apartment Group Development Company LLC (JAG) for the sale of the 200 Pleasant Street, Government Center site on Thursday evening, February 20th. The execution of the LDA is a significant milestone in the City's efforts to revitalize Malden Square by demolishing the Government Center Building and Police Station to reopen Pleasant Street to through traffic. 

The project includes 245 units of housing, 17,250 square feet of commercial space and 314 parking spaces subject to refinements as the project moves forward into more advanced design and development. In accordance with the LDA, the City must be off the site by December 31, 2015. 

A five-member subcommittee of the City Council has been formed to oversee this project which includes Councillors Neil Kinnon, Barbara Murphy, James Nestor, John Matheson and Craig Spadafora. Assisting this subcommittee is an internal team that includes Deborah Burke, Executive Director of the Malden Redevelopment Authority, Charles Ranaghan, City Controller, Ron Hogan, Strategic Planning Analyst and Kevin Duffy, Business Development Officer.

“This historical day has been a long time coming!” said Mayor Christenson. “The City Council and I are enthusiastically moving forward on the community’s goal of revitalizing the downtown.”

David Marsters February 26, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Bonnie I will urinate on your grave so be careful.
Jim Duggan February 26, 2014 at 10:11 AM
Can't we all just get along?
Matthew February 26, 2014 at 12:47 PM
david mokal February 26, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Patience Im a Boileremaker by trade I know asbestos when I see it,smell it. Ive been exposed to it. Working on ships I had asbestos sandwiches for lunch. When they tore it down you could see it and just by the dates that the buildings were built you know there was asbestos. Its EVERYWHERE ! Its more dangerouse to remove it that it is to let it alone. Get real kiddo My kids attended the Belmont School as well. Geesh what a lynch mob out here.
david mokal February 26, 2014 at 01:05 PM
David..I wish the Secret Service would come to my house I'd sure give em an earfull. Oh Just remembered One was caught sending porn to a 13 year old on Cris Hansen's "To Catch a Preditor." Totally Entertaining"
Patience Prence February 26, 2014 at 01:36 PM
I agree with you David – asbestos is virtually in every home built before 1980 and it is only dangerous when it is dislodged. The majority of the housing stock in Malden was built before 1980. The issue of asbestos had no effect on market price of the housing stock. Since the Glenwood and Belmont sold for $400,000. each when 2 families were selling for that price, it only stands to reason that based on the square footage and land area, these schools sold significantly below market value at the taxpayer’s expense. I pay attention to current real estate deals in this city. I like to see who gets what because that is what politics is all about. With politics involved appearance and reality are often two very different things. On the issue of mold, I would like to believe the board of health monitored our public buildings. On a side note, I am very sorry for what happened to you with exposure. Keep Well!
David Marsters February 26, 2014 at 03:23 PM
David Mokal, sorry to hear about your asbestos problems. You should have been here when the secret service interviewed my wife, she gave him so much shit, he couldn't wait to leave. It was funny. He must have been one of his first assignments as all new agents are sent to the boon docks as rookies.
david mokal February 26, 2014 at 05:04 PM
I can believe it. They should watch the other chat sites more threats there than you can ever imagine. Those rednecks are all way threatening leaders. Dont tell em your from Boston God forgive they still hate us Northerners.
david mokal February 26, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Thats what I do too Patience. Something that the news media has never covered. The Watertown Repair Facility MBTA. Recently closed but there was so much asbestos there it was floating in the air. The Carpenters were sawing asbestos boards. We worked in a pit under the streetcars. The dust would blow right on you. If you had said anything the T would make your life miserable.
david mokal February 26, 2014 at 05:14 PM
Thats what I do too Patience. Something that the news media has never covered. The Watertown Repair Facility MBTA. Recently closed but there was so much asbestos there it was floating in the air. The Carpenters were sawing asbestos boards. We worked in a pit under the streetcars. The dust would blow right on you. If you had said anything the T would make your life miserable.
Anthony Demingos February 26, 2014 at 06:34 PM
I agree with you Patience. The Glenwood and Belmont Schools selling for $400,000. each stunk to high heavens. People should therefore pay attention and ask questions rather than buy into the silly public relations campaigns. Anyone see that dumb movie today? How condescending it was to we Seniors.
jirkyrick February 26, 2014 at 07:30 PM
The Howard administration was crooked? There's a news flash. We should be glad they sold city hall, they are going to tear it down, build upper middle class apartment buildings for professional commuters and help develop Malden square into the next china town. Seriously, has anyone noticed we have gone from dollar stores, nail salons and take out pizza to mostly Asian restaurants. It is an improvement but was hoping for more variety. Has anyone heard if there is any truth to the rumor that the old Bank of America building across from Hugh ONeil's is being devolved into a 750 seat Chinese restaurant?
jirkyrick February 26, 2014 at 07:34 PM
There's asbestos in my house, I feel better now, it will give something else to worry about instead of the led paint on my toys made in China
jirkyrick February 26, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Breaking news, Gary farted, ummm ....that's breaking wind actually ... Oh well
Anthony Demingos February 26, 2014 at 07:41 PM
We actually sold a perfectly operable police station. City Hall is becoming a street (which the city has a grant for its removal) How much is it going to cost to construct a new city hall and police station? Being retired I can not afford any more increases in my taxes be it fees, snow removal fines or increases in my blue trash bags.
Max Payne February 26, 2014 at 07:50 PM
The police station is not perfectly operable. If you think a building built almost 30 years ago is perfect for a police station in this day and age you don't know anything about policing.
Anthony Demingos February 26, 2014 at 08:03 PM
Most police stations across the state are far older than Malden's and the police are able to do their job well. Max - I think that you are really reaching. Do you happen to know how much this new police station is going to cost??
jirkyrick February 26, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Why not just combine city hall with the police station, seems appropriate. Lol
Max Payne February 26, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Yes I do know what it will cost about. The police station is already connected to city hall and that's one of the current major problems. Most towns around the state don't have the same needs as currently what Malden has grown into.
Anthony Demingos February 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM
Max - if you know the cost of the new police station please state it. I am not comparing Malden solely to towns. I am looking at the cities as well and they operate quite well with older facilities than what the administration has decided to tear down. There is nothing so special about Malden to justify further financial burdens from the administration to the taxpayers.
Max Payne February 26, 2014 at 11:35 PM
Considering what other towns (using towns as a generic term to include cities) I would estimate around 12 million. Doesn't take much to figure it out. Please state the age of the other cities/towns police stations. Also can you provide a layout of how many rooms they have. What type of construction they are. How many cells do they have? Can you provide numbers of how those cities/towns population and crime has changed since the building of those stations? Do they have the same technology needs as Malden? Have you intimate knowledge of what the Malden police needs are? I assume you have all these answers since you know the current station is adequate.
Anthony Demingos February 27, 2014 at 12:16 AM
Max if your true concern here is public safety, it would stand to reason that a firestation would be more in the public"s interest at this time. The point is that other cities and towns function quite well with older buildings as I am sure Malden is capable of. Why don't you check out the ages of police statiions across the state and the population changes since they were built? The new police station will cost approximately 12million (which will be verified). How much will the new city hall cost?
mg February 27, 2014 at 01:54 AM
Patience - from the web site of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: "Chest X Ray: A chest x ray is the most common test for detecting asbestos-related lung diseases. This painless test creates pictures of the structures inside your chest, such as the lungs. A chest x ray can’t detect asbestos fibers in the lungs. However, it can show asbestos-related diseases, such as pleural plaque and pleural effusion. Pleural effusion also can be a sign of a more severe disease, such as mesothelioma. A chest x ray also can show asbestosis. Often the lung tissue will appear very white on the x-ray pictures. The size, shape, location, and degree of whiteness can help your doctor figure out how much lung damage you have. Severe asbestosis may affect the whole lung and have a honeycomb look on the x-ray pictures." So like I said, you can detect lung disease that might have been caused by asbestos (i.e. asbestosis), but you can't detect whether or not a person has been exposed to asbestos.
mg February 27, 2014 at 01:54 AM
I cannot believe that almost a year after being launched this ridiculous website cannot handle line breaks still.
mg February 27, 2014 at 01:55 AM
Anthony, the new City Hall does not need to be built, it's already built - thus, very little construction cost.
mg February 27, 2014 at 01:57 AM
Patience, on a completely different note, thank you for adopting animals from the MSPCA.
David Marsters February 27, 2014 at 07:08 AM
Regionalize police depts, such as Malden, Revere ,Medford and Chelsea. They all could move into the new Revere police dept.building. Save on cruiser purchases, personnel, etc. Like the state did many years ago, combining State police, registry, capitol police MDC police. Just a thought.
robert wilson March 09, 2014 at 02:07 PM
Medford did it right, Central Fire and Police all in one building.
David Marsters March 09, 2014 at 05:15 PM
Malden does need a new central fire house and also Linden needs fire house.
Leonardo DaVinci April 18, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Malden needs lower taxes period! Do the sales of these properties have the benefit of lowering taxes in Malden, or do they cause the loss of jobs? If they cause the loss of jobs then who benefits from the sell of these buildings? Private enterprise perhaps? Malden now has almost 60,000 residents living within it's borders. What is in the plans to make the lives of these residients easier and more cost efficent? I think that is what the majority of residents want. Maybe I'm wrong?


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