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City approves new 75,000-square-foot field house in Dorchester

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By Mike Sullivan, WBZ-TV

DORCHESTER — The Boston Planning and Zoning board has just given final approval to a new field house for the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club. The 75,000-square-foot facility will be an outlet for the city’s youth.

“The need is great, but it seems kids need a place to go now more than ever,” said Bob Scannell, president and CEO of the Dorchester Boys and Girls Club. “Especially after the pandemic, we see a lot of fear. The children need a safe place to go.”

The approval comes after weeks of violence in Dorchester. Two separate shootings on Geneva Avenue resulted in four people being shot. Scannell says parents and children rely on the Boys and Girls Club for comfort, guidance and opportunity.

“They know that anything that could have happened in their way, they know that when they come through that door I’ll be the dumbest person they see,” laughed Queenette Santos, Dorchester Boys & Girls Club VP of Youth Teen Programming . “If parents know that their kids will be in a safe place, a happy, fun place, they just are. There’s nothing bigger than that.”

The new structure will have fields, courts, a theater, training kitchen and more. The building goes to Mount Vernon Street next to St. Christopher Catholic Church.

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