Kaplan Construction begins work on affordable housing development for seniors

BOSTON — Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management company providing comprehensive construction programs in Greater Boston, announced that it has begun work on a five-story, 41,335-square-foot building at 9 Leyland Street in Dorchester, Mass. on behalf of a partnership between the Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation (DBEDC) and Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL).

Designed to meet Passive House and LEED Silver certifications, 9 Leyland will feature 43 affordable rental units with supportive services and enriched services for seniors to promote healthy aging and a high quality of life. Construction began in January and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2023.

The new five-story development features 41 one-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units, and five units will be wheelchair accessible. The building will include a multi-purpose room for residents and community members, bicycle storage for up to 26 bicycles, two laundry rooms, and a rooftop terrace on the fifth floor. Nine surface parking spaces, including two accessible parking spaces, and connections to surrounding amenities such as playgrounds and gardens will be made available to residents. The project will bring significant improvements to the neighborhood by activating an underutilized site to provide much-needed affordable housing for seniors.

“This is our third project with Kaplan Construction. They have extensive experience working with Community Development Corporations (CDCs) around Boston, so we knew we would be in good hands hiring them as the Construction Manager for our latest development in Dorchester,” Perry B said. Newman, CEO of DBEDC. “Dorchester Bay is deeply committed to reducing the impacts of climate change on our communities, which suffer from a higher incidence of asthma and other health inequities. The design and construction of 9 Leyland helps us achieve our goals of energy efficiency and environmental stewardship.

According to Passive House Massachusetts, Passive House is a voluntary international building standard developed by the Passive House Institute (PHI), located in Darmstadt, Germany. The passive house standard is made up of several strict performance requirements for the construction of new buildings. The resulting performance produces an approximately 90% reduction in heating and cooling energy consumption and up to 75% reduction in primary energy consumption compared to homes built to conventional building codes . The passive house significantly reduces the carbon footprint while creating a comfortable, healthy and affordable environment.

Project team members for Project 9 Leyland include:

Sponsor/Developer: Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
Sponsor/Managing Agent: Hebrew SeniorLife
Owner’s Representative: HTP-CS2C/NE
Contractor: Kaplan Construction
Official architect: Davis Square Architects
MEP/FP Engineer: Petersen Engineering
Civil Engineer: Meridian Associates
Structural engineer: RSE Associates
Landscape Architect: Deborah Myers Landscape Architects

Kaplan is currently working with DBEDC to convert the historic Pierce Building at Upham’s Corner from a mixed-use property to a fully commercial innovation hub in the neighborhood. The well-known landmark in Dorchester houses the offices of DBEDC and the Fairmount Innovation Lab. In 2014, Kaplan completed construction of the Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center, a redevelopment project in the Quincy Street corridor in Dorchester. Led by DBEDC, the project converted the vacant former Pearl Meats manufacturing plant and adjacent land into a 36,000 square foot multi-tenant light industrial business center focused on small-scale food production.

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Maria D. Ervin