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New Community Center To Open In Allston

BOSTON — A former Catholic school in Boston that abruptly closed six years ago is poised to reopen as a community center.

The Presentation School in Allston-Brighton grabbed headlines after the Archdiocese locked the school doors in 2005. The school was one of many closed as the church struggled to pay off settlements from the clergy sex abuse crisis. Since then, it’s been a six-year struggle to buy the building, develop a plan and find the funds.

Presentation School Foundation board member Kevin Caragee called the groundbreaking “exhilarating.”

“There’s a tremendous sense here of accomplishment that we rescued and regained and now restored a community anchor,” he said.

The community center is slated to open in September. It will include day care, after-school programs and a health center.

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  • Nathan Spencer

    Thank you! We are very excited to be here, and we owe our presence to strong and continued support from the Allston-Brighton community. The headline on this article might be a little misleading, however – the community center is located in Oak Square in Brighton, not Allston. We look forward to welcoming all of our Boston neighbors to our opening this fall, and you can keep up with our progress at psf-inc.org.

    Nathan Spencer
    Director of Community Relations
    Presentation School Foundation Community Center

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