0.8 min readBy Published On: July 12th, 2013Categories: News6 Comments on A YMCA

Coming soon to Southie

The City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved a 8.5 million dollar project for 621 East First Street.  South Boston resident and developer Gregg Donovan will now break ground on his development which includes 28 units with parking, a barber shop and a YMCA. 

Cara Donovan, wife of Gregg, championed the efforts of the YMCA coming to South Boston.  “Families are the foundation of the South Boston and we don’t want to see them leaving.  We want them to stay.  The addition of the the YMCA to our community is such a positive one that will not only benefit families but all residents as well.  This would also would be a great asset for the City Point, especially since there is no indoor recreational center in that neighborhood,” said Donovan.

The Y will have programs for everyone from kids to seniors and offer free child care while you work-out.  The cost will be $40 for a monthly family membership.


  1. Yeah, right. July 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

    “Families are the foundation of the South Boston and we don’t want to see them leaving.  We want them to stay. “

    How many families do you think are going to move into the 28 condos being built there? How many families have moved into any of the condos they developed? I bet less than uou can count on one hand.

    Even if families stay it’s not going to be because of a YMCA.

    You won’t and don’t have to post this, just had to get the story straight and off my chest.

  2. RWP July 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Where is this again? I though it was going to be on the vacant lot on the corner of L and 1st? Where is the parking for this going to be? Just curious.

  3. Anonymous July 13, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Is there parking for the YMCA?

  4. Anonymous July 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    This would be great but they provided no parking for the Y which means an increase in an already huge problem for Southie residents

  5. Anonymous July 14, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Seriously, Cara?  If you are so concerned about families leaving South Boston, maybe Gregg should build affordable housing instead.  What a joke!

  6. Anonymous July 24, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    again    another zoning board approval without backing from the residents     nuf said

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