Multigenerational Housing Development

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 11 condo units in a mix of 1 bedroom flats with 3 bedroom town-homes 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 town-homes 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.

Read more about the multigenerational housing concept – see Greg Minott’s article in the April 2018 edition of HIGH PROFILE:  Reinventing Multigenerational Housing: A New Take on the Triple-decker