Secretary Bialecki Visits Everett: Praises Mayor's Vision and Proactive Approach to Development - Carlo DeMaria

Secretary Bialecki Visits Everett: Praises Mayor's Vision and Proactive Approach to Development

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Mayor Carlo DeMaria recently welcomed Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, Greg Bialecki, to Everett as part of a tour of nine communities in the Metro North region.

The tour focused on the interesting businesses, community hubs, new market-rate housing and public transportation options that makes Everett an ideal location to live, work and play. 

Bialecki, who has also visited Charlestown, East Boston, Chelsea, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop, chose Everett because of its proactive approach and strong mayoral leadership regarding the encouragement and establishment of new urban growth.  “The municipal leaders in these places want things to happen,” Bialecki said. “Massachusetts in the past had a reputation of being a tough place to get [development] done. But we've found that Everett, and other neighboring communities, don't have that attitude. They want more private investment.”

During their tour, the Mayor and Secretary Bialecki visited the Lower Broadway area, where they discussed at length the administration’s continuous work towards revitalizing the area.  The Secretary was complimentary of the extensive City planning and development studies, such as the Lower Broadway Master Plan and the Municipal Harbor Plan, that have been conducted, as well as the business-friendly practices and incentives for which Everett has been become known.   

One of the stops in the Lower Broadway neighborhood included a tour of the former Charleston Chew property, currently being redeveloped by Andy Montelli, of Post Road Residential.  The new development, named “The Batch Yard” in honor of its history as a candy factory, will be a luxury apartment complex made up of three buildings consisting of 328 market-rate rental units.  A major private development and investment for Everett, the $90 million dollar project is predicted to compete with similar housing developments in Cambridge, Somerville, and Medford.  Bialecki and Montelli both noted that Everett is a dynamic location to develop, “It seems like this was a development just waiting to happen," said Bialecki, “It's probably less than 5 miles from downtown Boston, and it's accessible by all sorts of roadways and public transportation.”  Montelli agreed stating, “It's going to be really hot housing…very high end.”

During the visit, Montelli also expressed to Secretary Bialecki his positive experience while developing in Everett.  Citing his gratitude and appreciation to the City and Mayor DeMaria, and calling Everett a great place to conduct business, Montelli stated, “We’ve developed high-end luxury apartments from Washington, DC to Boston – but this project will go on the cover of our (company) brochure.”

The tour continued in the Lower Broadway area with a stop at Night Shift Brewery, a craft beer maker and distributer located in the Charlton Place Small Business Center, located on Charlton Street off of Broadway.  Mayor DeMaria introduced the Secretary to Mike Oxton, one of the three primary owners of Night Shift.  Oxton explained that everything is brewed, fermented, and bottled in-house at the Everett nanobrewery on Charlton Street.  Oxton, like Montelli, had high praise for the City and the administration, “We love working in the City of Everett.  The administration has been so helpful and nurturing to our small business.  We’ve had great success here and are committed to remaining in Everett.”  The Mayor acknowledged the importance of small businesses such as Nightshift, “It’s not all about large scale developments,” stated Mayor DeMaria, “Our City’s growth and success also depends on great operations like Nightshift.  They are the new, hip, type of urban development that Everett needs.”

In addition to the Lower Broadway area, the Mayor also escorted Bialecki to the Rivergreen Business Park, part of the River’s Edge Growth District.  Stops included the Waters Avenue housing development, the Northern Strand Community Trail, the former Berkeley Green site, in which there is renewed development interest, reconstructed Air Force Road, as well as local business Cumar Marble and Granite, who are currently expanding their business and re-establishing themselves in Everett.

“This was a great opportunity to display the ongoing developments and growth occurring in our City,” states Mayor DeMaria, “My administration will continue to expand and act upon Everett’s immense potential to be the next hot spot in the Greater Boston area for both business and residential developments.  Since I took office, I have been a proponent for growth and expansion.  Even during the hardest economic times, my vision has never been to lay back and wait it out.  A moratorium on development would have done nothing but waste potential.  Proactive, progressive work to bring development into Everett has gotten us to where we are now, and that is how I will continue to lead in the future.”

-Original story published Thursday, July 25, 2013, Everett Leader Herald News Gazette

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