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.

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 Quincy Heights. DBEDC started construction in July 2013 on a gut rehab of the factory, redeveloping it 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 CropCircle Kitchen, Inc. CropCircle will run a multi-functional commercial kitchen that will foster the growth of local food businesses, create employment opportunities for residents, and facilitate improved access to healthy food in the immediate neighborhood. Building on the successes of its sister food business incubator, CropCircle Kitchen in Jamaica Plain, CCK Pearl will offer infrastructure and technical support to food businesses in various stages of growth. The shared kitchen will offer kitchen rental space and business training to food businesses just getting started. Private kitchen space from 1,300 to 4,200 square feet will be available for rent to established food businesses in a mezzanine phase of growth. The CCK Pearl commissary kitchen will serve the various food preparation needs of food trucks, restaurants, and institutions. Food storage rental space is available to tenants of the CCK-run kitchens and to established food businesses renting their own kitchen space.

By co-locating multiple food producers, we will be 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. With a budget of approximately $14 million, the Pearl project is on track to open for business in April 2014.

Read more about CropCircle Kitchen, Inc. here.

Are you a food business interested in leasing space at Pearl? For leasing information, please see the CCK Pearl website .

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.

Ongoing Industrial Development

We are very excited about ongoing industrial projects. These projects reflect our vision of the new "Green Economy" in Dorchester. We are currently working on two fronts: (1) Helping businesses "turn green", building on research done by a team of graduate students from Brandeis University; and (2) Attracting green employers to Dorchester. We are developing projects through our work on the Fairmount Rail Line CDC Collaborative three CDC‘s are planning a "green" development corridor where along with "green jobs," green building techniques are used in residential and commercial development. Other techniques will conserve resources, improve residents‘ health, and reduce the carbon footprint of new buildings.


Pearl Meats 196 Quincy St. (before)



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



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