Good things come to those who wait…and lord knows we’ve been waiting a very long time to step inside the new and improved Curley Community Center, aka the L! Our friend Matthew Dickey, @Streetscapecurator on Instagram, shared with us some gorgeous photos of the project!
Looks like we’ll be waiting a little bit longer for the reopening. According to the statement (below) made to the Dorchester Reporter by a spokesperson for Mayor Wu, the staff was predicted to have been in the building by the end of January…as of now, the staff is not there.
“BCYF is committed to reopening the BCYF Curley Community Center safely, sustainably, and as soon as possible and is expecting to get into the building by the end of this month. Staff will then need at least four weeks to prepare the building for opening, where it’s now the largest building in the BCYF network. BCYF is planning to formally reopen the building and begin programming in the winter of 2023.”
Fingers crossed, it’s open by the spring/summer.
Thank you to designLAB architects too
NEW PHOTOS FROM A DIFFERENT SOURCE:
What do you think?
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Hope they fix the clock at L Street entrance.
Will someone in charge (clerk of the works) of the renovations please get the clock outide above the main entrance lit and showing the correct time.
It looks fantastic!
Fix the clock!
When the clock’s fixed, take down the emergency wire strung over L Street across from the front door! It’s been there for decades and is the only wire across the road from the Bathhouse to the State House!
Please Be Open this summer and stop Using Piping Plovers as a Excuse .
…terms “Men’s L” & “Women’s L” are no longer acceptable and the use of same by any member or guest warrants immediate…”cancellation”..(?)…
(…asking for a friend)
For the past 3 years the fabulous
“ L Street Brownies “ have kept the tradition of swimming everyday at M Street. A special thanks to Coach Pete & his heated van. ☘️ Bravo!
Looks can be deceiving.
1. I see in the photo of locker room that the architect may not have been told that previously lockers in men’s area were arranged this way: rows perpendicular to an aisle. They were all removed and areas redesigned because of frequent thievery. Thrives broke into lockers as a scout hung out at aisle and signaled thrived if someone was coming.
2. Huge lobby with commanding view to water is an ostentatious statement that wastes valuable usable interior space. Yes, architect wanted to make a photographable space for PR and mayor can showcase the space . Would be better to make more space that is usable for members.
3. Sacrificing the previous upper floor solarium because it would cost too much for an elevator is pure BS. An elevator was ruled out early because the showpiece lobby was made prime.
For the past 3 years the fabulous “L Street Brownies” have been swimming everyday at M Street beach. A special thanks to Coach Pete and his heated van that kept us warm during the winter months. ☘️
Bravo! to the renovated bathhouse!
As for the Plovers, one needs to know that once they find a beach they like they will return. As before, the nesting areas will be cordoned off and marked. The remainder of beach should be available – the entire beach will not be closed. FYI, I’ve observed plovers nesting at Curley on the M St beach area. On the Cape I’ve observed that plovers actually like to nest close to where people use beaches: once a pair with numerous tiny chicks came close to us because there were hawks circling above. The plovers were smart enough to know the hawks were going to keep a safe distance from humans.
We can hopefully all enjoy the Curley beaches and live with each other.
Let us in!!!!
Ha-Ha! “Let us in!” 😆
Looking good! Excited to be back!
It would have been nice to see the new shower and bathroom facilities. The old ones were eyesores.
As long as L street is transgender friendly we can keep moving Southie progressively forward . Hope the Sauna and Steam rooms are coed. The notion of a Mens and womens L are passé . It would be nice to see some welcoming rainbow colors for members of the LGBTQ + community. See you in yoga class soon. Namaste!
…say so. I guess that’s it then? Sasha has spoken?
How much does it cost to join
Mayor Wu has done a great job delivering the L renovation on time and on budget. The photos look great. Let’s all be thankful for our blessing of good health. Health is Wealth !
Your comment shows you know nothing about the budget and timeline..get off the political hog .
Isn’t that the biggest attraction to the L to begin with? Let’s be honest here.
That’s what I like. Infrastructure being done a long time waiting looks great
I guess I can’t join, it’ll always be refered to as the Men’s L and Women’s L! I’m old!
All the cardio and gym equipment look new! Hooray! I was fearful the structure would be redone and the old equipment might be put back because it wasn’t in the budget.
Can’t wait to see old friends
Thank you, Walter Baraanowski, for both comments.
Re: nestling plovers: There should always be room and respect for the few special creatures we might have the gift to seewatch use the beaches, protected.
The tremendous height of the ceilings in the locker room and weight room makes me wonder about the cost of heating and AC. This facility was the most energy-eating of any city bldg. except City Hall. Are there solar panelsin use? Are the walls and ceilings now insulated, I hope? Also no pics of community of community spaces, nor a gym or basketball court.
So OPEN ALREADY!