DREAM Collaborative Closes on LEAF Financing (Boston, MA)

LEAF is thrilled to provide financing to DREAM Collaborative to help them grow, increase profitability, and continue making a positive impact in Boston. DREAM Collaborative is a minority-owned architectural firm in Boston that has made significant positive contributions to underserved communities in Boston. They first approached Elevate Small Business (ESB) in 2021 seeking TA for accessing capital and building financial projections. As a minority owned business, they attracted the attention of additional partners though had not been able to secure funding.

The organization was founded in 2008 by Caribbean immigrants Gregory Minott and Troy Depeiza. The firm is focused on creating beautiful, authentic places and enabling better outcomes through neighborhood centric design. The DREAM team has grown to 20+ professionals since its inception and is led by colleagues and friends with common roots in the Caribbean.

DREAM is leading the design of the 25,000 sf cultural hall, which will provide a new home for local arts and cultural offerings. The Nubian Ascends project will have flexible and accessible performance and arts space, and the cultural hall will be a place for celebration that supports local artists and catalyzes Roxbury’s creative economy.

75-81 Dudley Street serves as a portal to the John Eliot Square neighborhood in Roxbury. The proposed program includes 20 residential units located on the upper 3 floors, all of which will be affordable. The housing program provides affordable first-time home ownership opportunities and accommodates a range of family income and size.