On Wednesday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki joined Mayor Gary Christenson for a tour of downtown Malden. City Council President Neal Anderson, State Senator Katherine Clark and State Representatives Paul Donato and Christopher Fallon were also in attendance. The visit focused on the economic growth of the city and the tour consisted of a look at the new-market rate housing, the local businesses, and other locations that make Malden an ideal place to live.
The Governor arrived at City Hall by public transportation and his first stop was the current construction site at 39 Florence Street which is being developed by Corcoran Jennison. Project Manager Joe Cyrulik showed the Governor renderings of the project which when completed next summer will yield 80 units of market rate housing. As the group traveled down Pleasant Street, the Mayor pointed out recent improvements including newly paved sidewalks, period lighting, crosswalks and new trees. Many of the business and restaurant owners greeted the Governor and talked about how the recent upgrading had improved foot traffic and business. “We’ve welcomed many ethnic restaurants to the City,” said Mayor Christenson. “I mentioned to Governor Patrick that our slogan is ‘Dine in Malden – Taste the World.’ There’s no need to ever leave the City!”
The Mayor informed the Governor of new projects, restaurants and renovations to current buildings, including the redevelopment of the City Hall site and the soon to begin mixed-use project at the Super Fitness location. A highlight for the Governor and Secretary was a quick stop in My Little Best Friends Early Learning Center where Executive Director Hilda Torres explained that they employ teachers who speak Spanish and Mandarin as well as English to their diverse clientele. Before heading back to Boston, the group stopped at the Oya Cuban Café where the Governor and the Mayor were treated to Leche y Leche, a traditional coffee from the Canary Islands by Café owners Chef Roberto Niubo and his wife, Maybi Torres, immigrants from Cuba. “Malden is a wonderful example of how a modest amount of public investment is spurring a tremendous amount of private investment with restaurants and affordable housing being built in a diverse community that is energized by the presence of the Orange Line,” said Governor Patrick.
“We want to thank the Governor and Secretary for visiting our community, for their interest in our economic development opportunities and for recognizing Malden’s potential,” said Mayor Christenson.