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August 22, 2023 – BOSTON Dudley Neighbors Incorporated (DNI) and Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) voted last week to designate Dorchester Bay EDC and DVM Consulting Corp. as co-developers of the Dudley Miller Park/Our Tierra Livri parcel at 483-487 Dudley Street.

DBEDC and DVM have proposed a four-story mixed-use commercial/retail and multifamily housing development, with 18 new affordable homeownership condominium units and approximately 2,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The DNI community land trust will be the longterm owner of the land.

The 18 new homeownership units will be available for purchase by local, first-time homebuyers, facilitating the opportunity for intergenerational wealth building and stability for local residents. The commercial portion of the project will be developed in partnership with other community-based organizations as thought-partners. The commercial space will strengthen the identity of Dudley Corridor as a business district and create small business development opportunities for local entrepreneurs of color.

The building will be sustainably constructed, with a goal of zero net energy and energy efficient healing/cooling systems. The design and development of the project will be women and minority-led. Design will be conducted by CoEverything and JGE Architecture + Design.

“Our collective goal is to leverage development at Dudley Street to prevent displacement and promote economic opportunity for local residents and entrepreneurs,” said Dorchester Bay EDC CEO Kimberly R. Lyle. “We will achieve this goal by facilitating community ownership of the future commercial space and promoting locally rooted, first-time homeownership to enhance the vibrancy of the Dudley business district and set a standard for future neighborhood development with a new sustainably-constructed building.”

“As movements like DSNI have shown, communities of color can fulfill their needs when residents have the power to shape their communities,” said Dariela Villon-Maga, President & Founder of DVM Consulting. “We share this belief and have intentionally structured a team to reflect the lived experiences shared by neighbors in the Dudley area. We, at DVM, believe that communities know what they need, and we position ourselves as conduits of community vision and intention.”

The DVM/DBEDC development team is led 100% by people of color, and almost entirely by
women of color and Boston natives. Each member of the team has been the beneficiary of
opportunity and seeks out qualified individuals and businesses of color with talent and
ambition looking for the chance to make an impact. Collectively, DVM/DBEDC represent a
new era of leadership with the lived experience, connection to community, and integrity to
translate community vision into reality.

“Community members of the Dudley neighborhood have led the planning efforts for the Our Tierra Livri site every step of the way,” said Sharon Cho, Director of Dudley Neighbors Incorporated. “We believe that resident-led planning and community engagement will contribute to the quality and sustainability of this project. We look forward to working with DVM and DBEDC to bring this community asset to fruition.”

Construction on Our Tierra Livri is projected to begin in late 2025.


Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC)

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) is a community development corporation founded by local civic associations in 1979 to address the problems of economic disinvestment, unemployment, crime, community tensions, and the shortage of quality affordable housing undermining Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods. Over the last 44 years, we have worked in partnership with local leaders and stakeholders to build and preserve 1,200 units of affordable housing and over 200,000 square feet of commercial space, to engage residents in community life, and to support a robust economy through small business support and economic development. 

The structures we have built are physical manifestations of our work, but at its core, our work is about strengthening the community, which is made up of the people who live and work in our neighborhood. 

DVM Consulting

DVM Consulting Corp. (DVM) is a Boston-based firm committed to the creation and preservation of income-restricted housing. We achieve this by providing real estate development and affirmative fair housing marketing services to high-impact projects.

We bring a community-centered approach to every aspect of our work, setting ourselves apart from more traditional developers and marketing agents.

Our approach is informed by 20+ years of deep industry knowledge and experience, which spans across multi-family real estate development, property
management, community engagement, and resident services programming.

At DVM, we succeed by caring about, listening to, and respecting our residents, clients, and staff. Our team embodies our values, enabling our clients to achieve
their desired physical, financial, and social outcomes.

DVM is a certified Women/Minority Business Enterprise (W/MBE). Our company is 100% women/minority-owned.