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Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury to reopen after $6m in upgrades

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  January 27, 2012 02:21 PM

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The Shelburne Community Center's gym, where new flooring and bleachers were installed.

The Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury will reopen on Saturday following a $6-million, one-and-a-half year long renovation, officials said.

At a noontime ceremony, Mayor Thomas M. Menino will join Daphne Griffin, Boston’s chief of human services and executive director of Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Newton Mayor Setti Warren and members of the John A. Shelburne Community Council in officially re-opening BCYF’s Shelburne Community Center, which was closed for the past nine months as work was done.

Renovations were made to both the outside and inside of the 42-year-old building, which has been a community center through its entire existence, according to city officials.

The project, funded through the city’s capital budget, included: installing a new gym floor and bleachers as well as other athletic area improvements, including new furniture and equipment throughout the facility; replacing windows and mechanical systems including boilers, electrical, plumbing and an elevator; repairing masonry; hooking up new telecommunications wiring and equipment; repaving the parking lot; and upgrading the outdoor gardening, officials said.

Reopening festivities tomorrow will include a brief speaking program followed by tours of the building, program sign-ups, basketball games, and refreshments, the city said.

Mike Galvin, chief of property management for the city; “Jeep” Jones, city redevelopment authority board chair and Roxbury native and activist; and Alfreda Harris, city school committee member and longtime Shelburne supporter will also attend, officials said.

The community center, one of 35 BCYF community centers across the city, is located at 2730 Washington Street adjacent to the multi-functional, state-owned and operated Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex, which reopened last summer after a two-decade long closure.

Last month, BCYF celebrated the conversion of the Madison Park Community Center in Roxbury into a citywide recreation hub, shifting the center's focus from the neighborhood to the larger Boston community.

And, in late November BCYF celebrated the completion of another major renovation when the Curtis Hall Community Center in Jamaica Plain re-opened.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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The Shelburne Community Center's front counter.

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