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Upham’s Corner Housing and Civic Space

555-559 Columbia Road


Dorchester, MA


Civico Development

Completion Date


Project type

Mixed-use & Housing

DREAM’s expertise at the intersection of design and community engagement is key for this project which blends civic space and housing in Upham’s Corner.

Taylor Bearden

Civico Development

555-559 Columbia Road will provide affordable homeownership options, artist space, and a Boston Public Library branch in the heart of the Upham’s Corner Arts and Innovation District. The design of the five-story building respects the historic fabric of the neighborhood by preserving the existing 1918 Dorchester Trust Company facade. The development and design of this project has been and will continue to be guided by the community through extensive engagement.

33-units of workforce homeownership units at a variety of income levels will be created. A 1,500 square foot creative studio will be located above the historic facade, creating a flexible arts space for the community. The open space along the corner of Cushing Avenue and Columbia Road can be enjoyed by residents, patrons of the library, and the general public. Ambitious sustainability goals will reduce utility costs for residents.