9 Leyland Street

Affordable Senior Housing


41,000 sf


Dorchester, MA

Project type



Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation


$11.9 million

Completion Date

Q1 2022

Project Overview

9 Leyland Street will provide 42 units of affordable age-restricted housing with a majority of one-bedrooms and two two-bedroom units. The development will allow residents to age in place in their own community. The design includes shared function space for hosting a variety of events including community meetings and dinners, exercise, or crafts. In the building lobby, there will be an on-site medical affiliation partnership that will promote health and wellness with a focus on preventative strategies. The project is accessible to public transportation and there is a community garden located across the street.

DREAM worked with HUD Section 202 Housing for the elderly design requirements and guidelines on the project, and are working closely with DND, DHCD, and the BPDA. The project incorporates visitability and Universal Design features, including equitable use and flexibility in use. The building is designed to meet LEED Silver standards.

Key Features

  • Affordable age-restricted housing
  • Development, design, and permitting
  • Aging-in-place, visitability, universal design features
  • Majority MBE/WBE team


Full Architectural Services

Soup to nuts:  from programming to project close-out.

Moving Forward in the Age of COVID-19

During these times of extraordinary disruption, DREAM Collaborative remains steadfast in our belief that architecture should work toward the Greater Good. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, lines have been blurred and we’re seeing opportunities all around us to reimagine the way we live, work, and organize our society and our spaces. We are honored to play a part in the transition toward a renewed society that prioritizes well-being, equity, and innovation.

As partners, we’re bringing our curiosity and the diversity of our perspectives to conversations about how design and development will need to evolve in a post-COVID world. We’re convening panel discussions and reaching out to other minority and women-owned businesses to brainstorm solutions to the unique and compounded challenges we face. Most importantly, we’re committed to providing the highest level of service and support to our valued clients and partners in the community, who we know are also being pushed to the limits of their resources and ingenuity in order to thrive in this historic moment.