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  • Developers Collaborative

    is an association of like-minded independent real estate developers interested in projects that build community.

    While this can mean different things, core themes like smart growth, environmental sustainability, affordable housing, and innovative design are central in our work.

  • We’re not like most developers

    We make an extra effort to listen to neighbors and employ creative solutions in order to create successful places.

    We employ a community-based approach to planning and building our projects, and we frequently participate in public-private partnerships to achieve public goals.

    We value highly our reputation for creating developments that enhance their surrounding neighborhoods and address community needs. Take a look at our work and imagine what we could do for your own community.

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  • Smart Growth

    The core of our “smart growth” philosophy is really based on a simple concept: common sense applied to land use.

    This means creating developments that revitalize town centers and cities, not only by providing new space for new residents and businesses, but also by guiding private investment into the communities where people already live. Smart growth should also reduce the surrounding community’s tax burden by using existing public infrastructure as effectively as possible.

    And our focus on mixed uses and compact development also helps reduce traffic by keeping trips short and offering residents options other than driving. Finally, by focusing development in our town, village, and city centers, we can help preserve rural areas and open space nearby from unattractive sprawl-style developments.

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  • Values

    At Developers Collaborative we believe a developer has a great responsibility.

    The ways that we intervene in the built environment will affect peoples’ lives for a long time. We feel all developers owe it their respective communities to do more than just make a piece of land or building generate the highest short term financial return possible.

    Serving the community while creating a financially viable development is what we do best, and we see smart growth as a primary vehicle to achieve it.

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  • Vision

    Developers Collaborative envisions a collaborative development process that is supported by partnerships and a creative problem solving process.

    The ways that we intervene in the built environment will affect peoples’ lives for a long time. We feel all developers owe it their respective communities to do more than just make a piece of land or building generate the highest short term financial return possible. Serving the community while creating a financially viable development is what we do best, and we see smart growth as a primary vehicle to achieve it.

  • Developers

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    Kevin Bunker

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    Richard Berman

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    Peter Bass

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    Jim Hatch

    Matt Teare

    Matt Teare

    Laura Reading

    Laura Reading

    Developers Collaborative members share common values, yet our diverse skill sets and interests result in different types of projects and at different scales, from master planned campus redevelopments to more finely grained small urban mixed-use buildings.

    We partner on projects; with each other and with others, according to talent, time, and interest. Our values and diversity also translate beyond our work: we are all involved in various community based efforts that reflect our particular interests.

  • Kevin Bunker

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    Kevin Bunker is a founding principal of Developers Collaborative. Kevin founded DC with Richard Berman after graduating with distinction in 2007 from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design with a Master in Urban Planning degree. A former municipal planner and lobsterman in the Rockland area, Kevin is a principal on all of DC’s current projects, from Orono to Biddeford. Kevin brings experience in complex financing models including tax increment financing, use of tax credits, and other public private partnerships. Kevin is also an activist promoting the causes of smart growth and downtowns at the state and local level, including as a board member of GrowSmart Maine. Kevin sees great future growth in the area of public or institutional partnerships with the private sector and is responsible for DC’s continued expansion into this field. Kevin lives in Brunswick with his wife Amanda and their daughters Alex and Natalie.

  • Richard Berman

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    Richard Berman has been developing real estate in Maine since 1986. Trained as a landscape architect, Berman brings unique perspectives in design and community collaboration to all of his projects. His most recent projects include Brick Hill, the mixed-use redevelopment of the former Maine Youth Center in South Portland. This project created the model adopted by the Maine Bureau of General Services for the redevelopment of former State property. Other recently completed projects include Unity Village in Portland and West Falmouth Crossing. Mr. Berman has won numerous awards for his projects and is frequently asked to speak on his innovative community-based development style.

  • Peter Bass

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    Peter Bass has been doing progressive development in Southern Maine for nearly 20 years. He has focused on finding unique value and uses for properties and forming collaborations to realize his vision. His credits in real-estate innovation include Portland’s first dedicated artist studio building, built in 1986, and the more recent development of live/work condominiums, a housing type that is new to Maine. Peter’s overarching goal is to create inspiring, unique, and affordable properties that will foster community and produce a positive impact on the region.

  • Jim Hatch

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    Jim Hatch has over two decades of experience developing affordable housing. He has worked with non-profit groups and municipalities to create a wide range of successful housing projects, including single-family subdivisions, group homes, assisted living and rental and condominium communities. Jim has brought dozens of projects through the real estate development process, including site acquisitions,
    recruitment and management of the development team, land use approvals, financing through banks and public agencies and construction management. He has a very successful track record in obtaining grants and subsidy financing for his clients projects from sources ranging from CDBG to Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Jim is personally committed to creating housing that is sustainable and obtainable.

  • Matt Teare

    Matt Teare

    Matt Teare, the newest member of Developers Collaborative, has spent the last 13 years as the Director of Real Estate Development for John Wasileski and Sea Coast Management – the developer and operator of 3 senior living communities in Maine. These three communities – OceanView at Falmouth, the Highlands of Topsham and Highland Green – are large, master-planned communities that incorporate many of the essential elements of smart growth and a collaborative development process with all of the various public and private stakeholders. One of Matt’s current projects is the redevelopment of the former Falmouth Elementary School site (20 acres and 3 school buildings) located in the center of Falmouth. Matt lives in Yarmouth with his wife Tracy and their daughters Ellie, Caitlin and Natalie.

  • Laura Reading

    Laura Reading

    Laura Reading joined Developers Collaborative in 2013 after earning her Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan. Laura brings experience in managing complex projects, creative problem solving and successful collaborations between urban planners, architects, and landscape architects.

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