191–195 Bowdoin Street
Utile is working with community development corporation VietAID to redevelop two vacant lots at 191-195 Bowdoin Street in Dorchester’s Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. The mixed-use project includes 41 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, affordable to households with incomes at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI), with eleven units affordable to households at or below 30% of AMI. The 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail space will be leased to the Dorchester Community Food Coop—a grassroots initiative to build a community and worker-owned grocery store that makes healthy food accessible and advances economic opportunity through neighborhood engagement.
The design of the building and site plan engages the public realm through a series of new, multi-functional open spaces. Plaza areas and landscape zones wrap the corner of the site, and mediate between commercial and residential uses.