In 2010, Dorchester Bay purchased the blighted and long-idle site of the former Pearl Meats factory on Quincy Street, envisioning it as our next light industrial project. Through a community process, the neighborhood identified job-creation as their priority for this site’s redevelopment. We partnered with nonprofit CommonWealth Kitchen to repurpose the 36,000 square foot former factory into a state-of-the-art food production facility that CommonWealth Kitchen would manage as a small business incubator, plus kitchen spaces for lease to other small food businesses. We closed on $14 million in public and private financing in 2013, and opened the new Bornstein & Pearl Food Production Center for business in 2014. Within one year, there were 40 businesses working out of the Bornstein & Pearl facility. As of June 2016, 47 businesses now call the Bornstein & Pearl home, and 70% of them are owned by people of color and women. Those 47 businesses have created over 140 jobs, all of them right here in Dorchester, and the number is still growing!
Commercial (light industrial)
6 food production kitchens
CommonWealth Kitchen; Alex’s Ugly Sauce; 88 Acres Foods, Inc.; Just Add Cooking, Inc.; Whitsons Culinary Group; Boston Public Health Commission
Leah Whiteside, DBEDC 617-825-4200, ext. 238