Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston to Build "Center for Leadership" at Former Mattapan Library
$2M Renovation will Revitalize Vacant Library Building
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For Immediate Release
August 22, 2013
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            Mayor Thomas Menino and Director of the Department of Neighborhood Development Sheila Dillon announced today that the City of Boston has granted tentative designation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston to redevelop the former Mattapan Library on 10 Hazleton Street into the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s Center for Leadership.

            "The renovation of the former Mattapan Library is an investment in high-quality programming for children and teens that will help develop the next generation of our City's leaders," Mayor Menino said. "I applaud the efforts of the Department of Neighborhood Development and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for putting children first."

            Department of Neighborhood Development staff made the formal recommendation to the City’s Public Facilities Commission at a meeting yesterday. 

            The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston plans to renovate the building to house high-quality youth development programs for teens focused on leadership, education, performing arts and healthy lifestyles. The plans for the $2 million center include an education room, computer lab, music room, performance and exercise space, culinary arts kitchen, and community meeting room. The renovation plans incorporate green building technology to help conserve energy and reduce operating costs.  The energy conservation plans include the replacement of all exterior windows, a new heating and cooling system with a programmable thermostat, and interior lighting that will be motion-sensor activated.

            Built in 1931, the 7,800 square-foot former Boston Public Library was transferred to the Department of Neighborhood Development in 2009 prompting the Boston City Council declared the property surplus in 2012.  Following an extensive community process, DND issued a Request for Proposals seeking development proposals for the site.  At a community meeting, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston presented its proposal to neighborhood residents who gave feedback on the plans and revised them to meet the criteria specified by the residents.  On August 1, 2013, at the community meeting neighborhood residents gave feedback that they  supported the plans submitted by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston prompting the Public Facilities Commission to designate them as the Developer of the former Boston Public Library.

            The tentative designation approval triggers a 12-month period during which the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston will continue to work with the City to finalize the design, apply for permits and secure funding.  Following this12-month period, the Public Facilities Commission will vote to convey the property to the developer, at which point DND will close the sale of the property, and the developer will begin construction.

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