The construction crews have been busy at work getting the exterior of the community center ready for opening and many have been asking, “when will the Curley Community center open?” Well, South Boston Online posted an update this week. It appears there is still a legal situation and then they are waiting on some supplies, and then the City will need to staff the center etc. So it looks like the community center aka “The L” will most likely be opening, potentially, in early 2023. You can read more about this here
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.”