24 Westminster Avenue
Roxbury, Massachusetts –
The City of Boston solicited proposals for a pilot Housing Innovation Competition. The goal was to identify ways to address rising housing prices and create more middle-income and affordable senior housing by exploring creative design solutions that reduce development cost. Based on the effectiveness and lessons of this pilot initiative, the City hopes to create a replicable development model for other vacant City-owned land parcels. DREAM Development, the development arm of DREAM Collaborative, was selected to develop the DND-owned parcel at 24 Westminster Avenue. DREAM Collaborative is the architect for the project.
This is the first project DREAM has taken on as a developer. As architects, DREAM has been challenging conventional thinking about the built environment and empowering communities since 2008. We can now do that through development too.
DREAM’S concept creates compact, flexible, and sustainable module units that would be changeable enough to fit the full spectrum of in-fill sites available in Boston. The concept brings elegant, contemporary, and highly efficient units that can be marketed to middle income buyers. The 3-story building will contain 10 to12 condo units in a mix of 1 bedroom flats with 2 or 3 bedroom townhomes above. One unit will be an affordable unit; the rest will be market-rate. The units can be arranged to support multi-generational families. For example, at the 24 Westminister site, the 3-bedroom townhomes are located directly above 1-bedrooms and connected by a common hallway. The two units could be purchased together and deeded as one unit to accommodate extended family.
The development features a shared front yard with greenspace extending along the side and to the rear of the site. There are private decks for the 2 and 3-bedroom units. Seven on-site parking spaces will be sold separately and there will be a designated bicycle parking area, minimizing paved surfaces on the site and encouraging the use of nearby public transit.
The proposed residential building will strive to meet LEED Gold prerequisites and credits in the LEED for Homes Multifamily Lowrise rating system.