Looks like we’ll be waiting a little bit longer for the reopening of the Curley Community Center aka the L. According to an update from the Dorchester Reporter, the reopening is looking like February or March based on a statement by a spokesperson for Mayor Wu. Fingers crossed it’s officially open by the spring/summer 2023.
Here’s the statement from the City of Boston via the Dorchester Reporter:
“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 winter of 2023.”
The waiting is the hardest part…
Way back in the fall of 2019, there were a few meetings to discuss a multi-million dollar renovation to the BCYF Curley Community Center. The community center was closed in March of 2020 and construction began in October of 2020. The initial timeline for completion of this project was November of 2021. Needless to say, that date has come and gone and the project is still not complete – leaving valuable neighborhood services for families and seniors in limbo. So what’s the deal?
Well, Bill Forry from the Dorchester Reporter reported on Wednesday that the City of Boston and contractors are in a court battle over who’s responsible for the missed deadlines and costs over budget. Some involved believe that costs could exceed over half-a-million dollars. Yikes.
According to the article, the building was closed in March of 2020, thanks to the pandemic. Work then started in October of 2020. If you look at the projects’s website, the hold up is blamed on “unexpected structural issues and delays in receiving materials.” The reopening was pushed to fall of 2022.
So will the Curley Community Center be opening any time soon – it does not appear that way – although the City of Boston released a statement to the Reporter that stated it hopes to be open by the end of the year….
You can get all the details of this “situation” here.
On the bright side when it does open, the new and improved community center will feature a “new dance studio, fitness center, senior space, locker rooms and three multipurpose rooms for community events.”