19-21 Faulkner Street
Apartments in Dorchester, Massachusetts
Dorchester, Massachusetts 02124
The nonprofit Vietnam American Initiative for Development (VietAID) constructed a three-story building with six apartments on Faulkner Street in 2002 as part of its ongoing goal of building a strong Vietnamese community and a vibrant, diverse area in the Fields Corner area of Dorchester
The buildings provide 3 two-bedroom apartments and 3 three-bedroom units, with two apartments per floor. Their clapboard design fits the architectural style of the neighborhood and the careful landscaping enhances the streetscape. There are also nine off-street parking spaces, including one handicapped space.
“As many of you know, housing is one of my top priorities,” said Mayor Thomas Menino at the ribbon cutting in August 2002. “These six units on Faulkner Street provide affordable housing for working families who need it most.”
The building replaced a vacant lot next to the renovated Fields Corner Subway Station, and its construction is in keeping with transit-oriented development. Residents are close to Dorchester Avenue, a main throughway with a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, banks, beauty shops, and more.
VietAID also supported the building of a community garden on a vacant lot on the corner of Faulkner and Freeman streets, to both preserve some open space in the neighborhood and to promote the cultural diversity of the area through the variety of vegetables from different lands. It is called Peace-An Binh Community Garden.