Heart at Four Corners

Senior Affordable Housing


49,000 square feet


Dorchester, MA

Project type



Hearth Inc.


$19 million

Completion Date


Project Overview

Hearth Inc. is one of Boston’s foremost operators of affordable supportive housing for at-risk elders. The City of Boston designated Hearth Inc. as the developer of 16 Ronald Street (former home to the Ronald Gibson School), which is located just steps from the MBTA Fairmont/Indigo Commuter Rail line. 

The senior housing development is a 49,000sf four-level wood frame construction building that will be known as Hearth at Four Corners and will provide 52 affordable, one-bedroom apartments and 2 studio apartments with an array of amenities and resident services designed to enable Boston’s elders to maintain an independent lifestyle as they age in place. The building is designed to meet LEED standards.

Key Features

  • Article 80 Small Projects (complete)
  • Affordable rental housing
  • Cost effective unit design
  • Designed to meet LEED standards
  • BPDA land use approval process


Permitting Support

Documentation and additional services that contribute to timely permitting approvals by various pubic agencies.


Unit Design & Layout

Balancing efficiency and quality of life to create places people want to live within a well-functioning and safe configuration.

Conceptual Design

Early phase of the design process, in which the broad outlines of function and form are articulated through sketches and models.

Schematic Design

Schematic is where we figure out how the building will look and function. This phase involves precedent research, analysis including zoning and building code issues, space planning, and lots of sketching, modeling, and client meetings.


Integrated Sustainable Design

Every project presents sustainable design opportunities. Even if a project will not pursue any certification, there are always  opportunities for sustainability within the design process and material and systems selection. Our goal is always to create healthy, energy efficient buildings and interior spaces.

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.