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South Boston Boys & Girls Club aiming for $10 million makeover

Posted by Patrick Rosso  March 13, 2013 10:34 AM

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The South Boston Boys & Girls Club, an anchor in the seaside community for generations, will soon get a major face-lift.

Last week, Josh Kraft, CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, announced at the group's St. Patrick’s Day luncheon that the West Sixth Street club will be receiving $10 million in renovations.

The announcement is an exciting opportunity for the 42,800-square-foot club that was built in 1940 and hasn’t seen a real renovation since.

The club is working on a campaign to raise the money, something Kraft is confident can be done.

“We intend to have the money; we wouldn’t make a public statement without the ability to raise the money,” he said.

Kraft, who got his start at the South Boston club in 1990, told Boston.com on Tuesday that the makeover is a great opportunity for the organization and for the neighborhood.

"There are 75 years of family there and we want to continue on that tradition,” he said.

Plans are still very preliminary, with work slated to start by fall 2014.

A complete update to the facility is in the works, including the creation of dedicated arts and music space, a rehabbed kitchen, updates to the building’s HVAC systems, a new entrance, and additions to make the club more ADA compliant and inclusive.

Kraft said the club hasn’t completed a plan on how to deal with the work, including whether it will need to shut down during that period. Spots will be found for displaced youths at other nearby community centers or in portable trailers, which were used during the Charlestown and Yawkey Club renovations.

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