Interim director Bruce Blaisdell of the Lena Park CDC said this week that the CDC could potentially renovate its property at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester, a community center once known as the Hecht House.
The CDC is facing a deficit of around $1 million and is on the verge of signing a contract with Urban Edge, another CDC based in Roxbury, to administrate its education programs and affordable housing holdings.
â€œIdeally weâ€™d like to renovate that facility and continue to run programs out of there; itâ€™s been as a community center for a long time,â€ said Blaisdell. â€œIt is true that the building is expensive to heatâ€¦ but for $4 or $5 million we could do a basic modernization which would allow us to cut heating costs and add handicap access.â€
As to the contract with Urban Edge, Blaisdell said the deal was still on track. The CDCâ€™s board has been making calls to schedule meetings with stakeholders, he said. A meeting with the Boston State Hospital Citizenâ€™s Advisory Committeeâ€”which monitors the Olmsted Green development that Lena Park is a party toâ€”is also set for April 16, 6 p.m. at the Foley Building (249 River St.) and will likely discuss the details of the plan.