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South Bay Master Plan and Design

Designing a master plan for Dorchester’s first mixed-use gathering place

  • 4

    Mixed-Use Buildings

  • 40K

    Square Feet

  • 475

    Housing Units

  • Boston, Massachusetts

    Boston, Massachusetts

Energizing a historic neighborhood with modern design that reduces the carbon footprint

How do you energize a big-box retail center in a car-centric neighborhood? With inviting sidewalks, landscaping, and a mix of uses—this is how we worked with a developer to reinvent over 10 acres (4 hectares) of underutilized land in Boston’s historic Dorchester neighborhood. Our master plan and building design of South Bay creates a place of community that is walkable from the surrounding neighborhood to promote a low-carbon lifestyle. New retail and local dining options include Wahlburger’s—the Wahlberg family has roots in Dorchester—a 12-screen cinema, and the vibrancy of a 175-room hotel activate District Avenue.

In addition to the master plan, our architecture team designed four mixed-use buildings that are a modern adaptation of Dorchester’s masonry and clapboard character. Painted brick facades on ground-level retail spaces, bay windows, and cornices provide pedestrian interest and are a welcome antidote to the big-box retail experience. A hidden residential courtyard offers a private common area featuring lush plantings, a pool, and barbecue grills. Streetside, luxurious landscaping, metal work, and murals by local artists create a unique place in Boston.

Embraced by the community since opening, this dynamic public space benefits the social, cultural, and economic fabric of the neighborhood.

At a Glance

  • Olin Landscape Architects
Meet Our Team

David Dixon, Vice President, Urban Places Fellow

We help communities manage change to become more livable, equitable, and resilient.
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Adam Fearing, Landscape Designer

As a steward of the outdoors, it’s my job to provide the best possible landscape for the right place and for the right reasons.

Louis Kraft, Senior Associate

Inspired design can break the constraints of a commodified world—creating built space connected to a collective purpose.

Tamara Roy, Principal, Architecture

I pursue artful solutions in every design project—turning constraints into opportunities for creative invention.

David Dixon

Vice President, Urban Places Fellow

Adam Fearing

Landscape Designer

Louis Kraft

Senior Associate

Tamara Roy

Principal, Architecture

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