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Malden Charter School buys properties and gives tenants short notice


“What they do is not what we do to other human beings.”

The exterior of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden. Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Archives

A group of Malden tenants have been told they are due to vacate their homes by the end of the year after the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School purchased a block of properties it was considering for a future expansion project .

One of those residents, Tatiane de Oliveira, told NBC 10 Boston that she had lived in her apartment building for 15 years, but was only told last month that she and her family had to be away. by December 31.

The mother-of-two said she was “desperate” when she received the notice and told the news channel that finding new accommodation is only half the challenge she faces.

Paying the costly expenses of the move is another problem.

“What they do is not what we do to other human beings,” de Oliveira told the station.

Businesses below the Maplewood Square apartments have been allowed to stay until spring 2023.

“A lot of these businesses are just struggling to survive COVID, let alone worry that someone is going to kick them out,” Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow told NBC 10 Boston.

Laura Rosi, of Housing Families in Malden, said the tenants involved need more time to plan their next steps, according to the news station.

“They have been warned that they have to leave by the end of the year, but there is a whole legal process that the owner will have to go through to get people out,” Rosi said.

According to a charter school statement obtained by NBC 10 Boston, since the school purchased the properties, “the town of Malden has taken steps that have caused the school to speed up the interim steps it needs to take.” in anticipation of 2023. “

“Although the school issued resignation notices to residential tenants as a first step, the MVRCS did not take the required second step of filing a summary conviction action in the district court,” the statement continued. “Malden Town Councilor Craig Spadafora recently contacted the school to facilitate a constructive and solution-oriented dialogue. MVRCS is looking forward to working with advisor Spadafora in the hope that we can reach a favorable solution.

According to the news station, tenants are trying to determine next steps and hope they will have more time to move out.


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