Economic Development

Commercial and Industrial Development

Since our founding in 1979 Dorchester Bay EDC has been dedicated to creating and sustaining commercial and economic opportunities in Dorchester and surrounding communities. We have developed 164,000 square feet of commercial space, creating 323 jobs, and through our small business assistance program created or retained 697 jobs. When we completed the Spire building in 2002 it brought 100 jobs to Dorchester for their large, state-of-the-art printing and marketing business and added 66 new jobs. In 2008, we developed four commercial retail spaces totaling 9,000 square feet of space in our award-winning Dudley Village project. We helped to create additional new jobs in the revitalization of the Uphams Corner commercial district in 2010 by bringing CVS/Pharmacy and The Brothers Supermarket to the district. And now, we are in construction on rehabilitation of the 36,000 square-foot Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center, scheduled to open in April 2014 and to create 150 new jobs in its first five years of operation.

65 East Cottage Street

DBEDC is partnering with the New Market Community Partners and Escazu Development on the development of 20,000 SF of light industrial space at 65 East Cottage Street. Formerly the site of the Maxwell Box Factory, the City of Boston recently designated partners DBEDC, Escazu Development, Boston Capital, and New Market Community Partners as developers of the city-owned site. The overall development scheme includes 80 new affordable, moderate, and market-rate apartments, and 6 two-family homes, in addition to the light industrial space. The site plan will create better access to the Uphams Corner station on the Fairmount line right next to the site, creating quick access to downtown for residents of the development. The light industrial space will focus on industries that are clean, compatible with its neighboring residences, and create jobs with low barriers to entry.

Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center

The former Pearl Meats factory is a 36,000 square-foot building on a 2-acre site that immediately abuts DBEDC's Quincy Heights project. DBEDC completed the gut rehab of the factory in 2014. With a total budget of $14 million, we transformed this blighted building into a light industrial business center with a focus on small scale food production.

The anchor tenant for the Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center, DBEDC’s partner in the project, and on-site property manager is CommonWealth Kitchen (formerly known as CropCircle Kitchen, Inc.) (CWK). CommonWealth runs a multi-functional commercial kitchen that fosters the growth of local food businesses, creates employment opportunities for residents, and facilitates improved access to healthy food in the immediate neighborhood. Building on the successes of its original food business incubator location in Jamaica Plain, at the Pearl center CWK offers infrastructure and technical support to food businesses in various stages of growth. The CWK shared kitchen offers kitchen rental space and business training to food businesses just getting started. The CWK commissary kitchen serves the various food preparation needs of food trucks, restaurants, and institutions. Private kitchen space from 1,300 to 4,200 square feet is also available for rent to established food businesses in a mezzanine phase of growth. Food storage rental space is available to tenants of the CWK-run kitchens and to established food businesses renting their own kitchen space.

By co-locating multiple food producers, we are able to leverage the overall impact of the project by providing opportunities for cross-marketing, bulk purchasing, sharing of office and administrative space and staff, sharing expensive equipment like blast freezers, and installing building systems that maximize efficiency.

Read more about CommonWealth Kitchen here.

Are you a food business interested in leasing space at Pearl? For leasing information, please contact Leah Whiteside at DBEDC: 617-825-4200, ext. 238.

CVS/pharmacy and Brother’s Supermarket II

After the closing of America‘s Food Basket, we worked diligently with Uphams Corner Mainstreet to bring CVS/ pharmacy and The Brothers Supermarket to Uphams Corner. CVS and Brothers brought 35 jobs to the community with career ladders. Since CVS/pharmacy opened we see an increase of foot traffic in this area, which is beneficial to other merchants in Uphams Corner.

555 Dudley St. Property has 3 commercial spaces measuring a total of 8,000 SF under 9 housing units. DBEDC is renovating the apartments and expanding the Food Project office, which is adjacent to a Latino bodega.


Former Pearl Meats factory at 196 Quincy St. (before)



Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center at 196 Quincy St (in construction)



Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center at 196 Quincy St (after)