BOSTON — New England construction management firm Dellbrook|JKS has begun raising steel at 191-195 Bowdoin Street for a new mixed-use, affordable housing community with the Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
The 51,906 SF site, which previously consisted of two vacant lots in Dorchester, will be transformed into a four-story wood framed building with 41 residential apartments.
Thirty units will be available for households at or below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI) and 11 units for households at or below 30% of AMI.
“We are excited to be working with the community and VietAID to provide more affordable housing to the area, a tenant space for the CO-OP, and new job opportunities during construction,” said Dellbrook|JKS Project Manager Evan Stark.
Six-thousand 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 project will also achieve Enterprise Green Communities Certification.