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Navy Yard Views: Census Stats, Pavilion Plans

What's going on in the Charlestown Navy Yard, FCNY Winter Warm-Up Save The Date, Ropewalk Building, Charlestown YMCA, New Day Care Center

Happy New Year! It’s a time for new beginnings and there is a lot going on in and around Charlestown and the Navy Yard. If you have news to share, please send along. 

In December, the following 2010 census data was brought to my attention: 2,035 people living in the Navy Yard (including the Nautica); 92.5 percent white, with 53.5 percent women. Fifty-three percent are families vs. non-family. There are 1,315 housing units of which 91 percent are occupied (this number sounds low given the shortage of both rental and sales inventory).

More data is available at hubmaps.cityofboston.gov/myneighborhood/; go to Charlestown and then use the tool to draw a freehand version of the Navy Yard.

One of the Nautica board members was kind enough to share this news:

A significant development has recently come to the attention of the Nautica Board of Trustees. National Development Corporation, owners of Constitution Plaza, recently met with our board to outline current negotiations for the former Visitor Center/Bunker Hill Pavilion on Constitution Road. A long-term lease is being negotiated with a company which will open a day care center in the entire building (9,600 sq. ft).

The building will undergo renovations to the outside, including adding windows to the pavilion. An enclosed play ground will be erected on the side of the building, as well as a side door will be added.

The day care will have around 105 to 110 children ages 3 months to 6 1/2 years old. Pick-up and drop-off will be on the side of the building, with parents driving
through the existing parking lot gate.

The projected opening of the day care center will be in the fall of 2013.

In addition to the betterments of the day care building, National Development plans to do betterments to the Paul Revere Landing Site which is located behind the existing brick warehouse.

For other news around town, the BRA and the CNC will be hosting a joint meeting on Jan. 24 for the Parcel 39A development (this is the open lot located in front of the YMCA). 

The new Spaulding Rehab Hospital is transitioning from construction mode (with hopes of having a temporary occupancy permit by month’s end) to operational mode.

Have you been in The YMCA lately? Talk about a transformation! The main exercise studio sparkles and the Y continues to grow its membership and community outreach initiatives. Their CY2013 Reach Out campaign, which supports discounted memberships for veterans, subsidizes the McLaughlin House, and funds the Harvard Kent/Courageous program, teaching kids to swim and then teaching them how to sail. Dianna Ross would be impressed!

Yard residents are  encouraged to get involved. A spring event is currently in the planning stages.

SAVE THE DATE: March 28 for the FCNY annual Winter Warm-up party. If you are not a member and/or would like to renew your annual membership with our
neighborhood nonprofit group, please go to www.friendscny.org.

Next month, I hope to have an update on the future of the Tavern On the Water space, which is closed, and information on the possible development of the Ropewalk building.

Please feel free to comment on any past, present or future events or any other contribution you would like to make in this blog. Thank you and best wishes for a year of good health and happiness!

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Christina January 10, 2013 at 08:05 PM
oh good... a daycare center- just what charlestown needs. why not add another pizza chain, nail salon, and yoga studio...oh and more condos too! RESTAURANTS, BARS, TACO STANDS...COME ON!
Chris January 12, 2013 at 01:44 AM
Sounds good. However, I think we're all set on "pizza chains".
Brian Morrison January 16, 2013 at 08:50 PM
more white people PLEASE !!!!!!!!!
Vincent Caristo January 16, 2013 at 10:18 PM
A daycare center there is great for the many people in Charlestown who need it. It will be close to public transportation (both land and sea). It will make Charlestown just a bit better place to live. I read the documents regarding pick up and drop off and the plans seem efficient and reasonable. "Restaurants, bars, taco stands..." We have more than enough in Charlestown. Now, I want to ask if anyone knows if the Charlestown Library has an adults only reading room. The library in East Boston and the main library in Copley Sq. have such an area. I want kids in the library-reading, doing homework, learning to use the facility. However, I would also like a quiet area dedicated to adults who need a place of their own.

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