Talbot Bernard Family & Senior Housing, Dorchester, MA

Talbot Bernard Family & Senior Housing, Dorchester, MA

Scope
New construction
Masterplanning
Age-restricted housing
42 affordable family units
30 senior living units
Community space

Working closely with the owner, Davis Square Architects developed a master plan that transformed a 2-acre abandoned field strewn with industrial rubble into a gracious park with family and senior housing. This multi-generational development features 1, 2, 3, and 5-bedroom multi-family units, as well as senior housing and community space on an adjacent parcel.

The project included masterplanning studies of the site and required a multi-layered strategy for financing and approvals. Nestled in a residential neighborhood of similar architectural character, the new independent living facility for seniors (a HUD 202 project) contains 30 residential units adjacent to 42 units of new family housing. Extending the surrounding neighborhood’s existing archetypes with the use of articulated facades, inviting entryways, and inviting landscaping, the building's design also includes handicap accessibility, activity spaces and a computer room.