Bornstein and Pearl

CommonWealth Kitchen is a proud partner with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation(DBEDC) in the $15 million redevelopment of the former Pearl Meats factory in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston.

The Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center, which opened in June 2014, transformed a long-vacant 2-acre former meat factory in one of Boston’s poorest neighborhoods into a multi-tenant food manufacturing center.  CommonWealth Kitchen serves as the anchor tenant, leasing about half of the building for our incubator operations.

The balance of the building is leased to a mix of small and growing food businesses, including two graduates of CWK’s incubator program: Alex’s Ugly Sauce and Just Add Cooking. Other current tenants include 88 Acres and Whitson’s Food Service.

The Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center is a signature economic development project of the City of Boston and DBEDC’s Quincy Heights HUD CHOICE Neighborhoods Initiative.  The project is located within the City’s Promise Neighborhoods Zone, and anchors the Fairmount Collaborative's economic development work.  The Fairmount Collaborative is a coalition of community-based organizations working collectively to bring housing, economic opportunity, and transit equity to the largely low-income, minority, and immigrant communities located along the 9-mile Fairmount rail corridor of Boston. In 2011, the Fairmount Collaborative was named a pilot project for the Federal Sustainable Communities Partnership, a collaboration among HUD, EPA and the Dept. of Transportation to bring coordinated federal resources to support grass-roots efforts focused on comprehensive community revitalization.

CommonWealth Kitchen is a proud partner in this effort. We are hugely appreciative to the numerous public and private funders and community partners who helped make the Bornstein and Pearl Food Production Small Business Center a reality:

Pearl project funders & partners
Boston Community Capital
Citizen's Bank
City of Boston
Commonwealth of Mass.
Dorchester Bay Neighborhood Loan Fund
Henry P. Kendall Foundation
PNC Bank
The Boston Foundation
Garfield Foundation
US Dept. of Health and Human Services
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
US Environmental Protection Agency
Wholesome Wave/Coastal Enterprises
Pearl project development team:
Dorchester Bay EDC
CropCircle Kitchen/CommonWealth Kitchen
Urban Idea Lab/Jen Faigel
RODE Architects
Cleary Advisors
Kaplan Construction


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