Malden News

Brick by brick, “The Beast That Ate Pleasant Street” is demolished

The demolition of City Hall at what was formerly 200 Pleasant St. -Photo by Paul Hammersley.

With the sound of crashing bricks and breaking glass, the demolition of the former Malden Government Center and police station continues this summer. Bit by bit, the structure at 200 Pleasant Street is coming down for a new mixed-use development.

A short video by Neil D. Novello, “When the Crews Arrive,” captures the sight and sounds of a truck and crane pulling away the facade of the 1970s-era structure like the claw of a hungry dinosaur digging for food. The demolition is schedule to continue through the end of August.

The demolition of the building first hailed as an architectural achievement and then dubbed “The Beast that Ate Pleasant Street,” will re-connect the two ends of Pleasant Street and provide access to the MBTA Station at Malden Center. According to the Malden Redevelopment Authority, the new “Jefferson at Malden Center” will have “320 residential units in two buildings, a 45,000-square-foot office condominium shell (to be built out by the City for a new city hall), more than 22,500 square feet of ground floor retail and approximately 330 parking spaces.  The two buildings will be connected by a sky bridge. The development will have 30,000 square feet of amenities for its residential tenants including a pool, three-season deck and a yoga lawn.”

The project also demolished the First Church of Malden, built in the 1930s, which produced protests about the destruction of historical Malden buildings.

City offices have been temporarily relocated. 

Text by Stephanie Schorow. Photos by Paul Hammersley. Video by Neil Novello.

About Stephanie Schorow (1 Article)
Stephanie Schorow is an writer, reporter, author and educator. Currently she teaches professional writing at Regis College in Weston, Mass. She began working as a professional journalist immediately after graduating from Northwestern University. She has worked for newspapers in Illinois, Missouri, Utah and Massachusetts. She moved to Boston in 1989 to work as a newswoman for the Associated Press, the world’s largest newsgathering operation, where she covered such events as the Charles Stuart murder case. She was hired at the Boston Herald in 1993 as the Assistant Lifestyles Editor and spent the next 12 years writing news and feature stories and editing arts and feature copy. She has covered general features, cultural trends and health and science issues and conducted numerous interviews with beginning and establishing book authors. She wrote a weekly column on Internet issues. She was often part of the team that covered news, including the crash of the Columbia shuttle and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks. In 2005, she launched a freelance writing/public relations business. She has written for The Boston Globe, the Globe magazine, the Harvard Gazette, the news office of MIT, the NFPA Journal, the Chicago Blues Guide, Bark,, Edible Boston, and numerous other publications. Her jobs have also included being assistant director of public relations and editorial services at Bunker Hill Community College and working in the news office of MIT. She has taught freelance writing and feature writing at Emerson College and Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She has appeared as an expert in documentaries on the Cocoanut Grove Fire, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 and the Brink’s robbery of 1950. Publications include: Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, 2012, Union Park Press; With co-author Beverly Ford, The Boston Mob Guide: Hit Men, Hoodlums & Hideouts, 2011, History Press; East of Boston: Notes from the Harbor Islands, 2008, second edition, 2013, History Press; The Crime of the Century: How the Brink's Robbers Stole Millions and the Hearts of Boston, 2008, Commonwealth Editions; The Cocoanut Grove Fire, New England Remembers series, 2004, Commonwealth Editions; Boston on Fire: A History of Fires and Firefighting in Boston, 2003, paperback, 2006, Commonwealth Editions; Editor, Boston’s Fire Trail: A Walk Through the City’s Fire and Firefighting History, 2007, History Press

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