Upham’s Corner Main Street, Inc. (UCMS) is a business district planning agency that works to build a vibrant commercial district in Upham’s Corner, a bustling town center in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
UCMS was first created in 1996, when a group of concerned neighborhood residents, merchants, and civic leaders banded together with a goal of advocating, planning, and managing the revitalization of the Upham’s Corner business district to create new permanent jobs, an optimal mix of retail businesses, and shopping opportunities that fit the needs of residents.
UCMS is a volunteer driven organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, four volunteer committees, and one full-time staff member. The organization operates under the Four-Point Approach, created by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, to facilitate the revitalization of Upham’s Corner. UCMS mirrors the Four-Point Approach through the use of four committees: Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion.
As one of the 19 programs in the Boston Main Streets network, UCMS is an enterprising program that has a track record of innovative project planning and implementation that has raised the profile of the Upham’s Corner Commercial District. Upham’s Corner is becoming more competitive in the retail and entertainment arenas of Boston and is now a highly sought location for new businesses looking for a profitable location.