Lena park CDC Building

Lena Park Housing Development was founded in 1966 by 25 residents on Lorne Street to address blight in the city of Boston. In 1970, Lena Park expanded to a multi-service center formally incorporating as the Lena Park Community Development Corporation. The building located at 150 American Legion Highway has always operated services to improve the community of Dorchester. It was obtained in 1970 and was previously called¬†the YMHA (Young Men’s Hebrew Association) Hecht House which was part of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Historically Lena Park provided programs for early childcare, child day-care, adolescents, after school program, youth development, recreation, job training, and education. The Lena Park Community Center housed additional social services, a fitness center, a gym, and racquetball courts.
 
In 2014, the Board of Directors sold a portion of the building at 150 American Legion Highway to the Edward Brooke Charter School which consisted of 12,000 square feet. The remaining 10,000 square feet was renovated into a modern, energy efficient space do Lena Park could continue its original purpose of serving the community through providing programs and services that allow individuals and families to live a healthy and better life.