- About 2
- Philosophy 2
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.
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.
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.
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 & Managers
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 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, which have averaged about $30 million per year in recent years and run the gamut from residential to industrial. Kevin brings experience in complex financing models including tax increment financing, use of tax credits, and other public private partnerships, all leading to creative projects that build community and strengthen the Maine economy in innovative ways. Kevin is also an activist promoting the causes of smart growth and downtowns at the state and local level. Kevin lives in Brunswick with his wife Amanda and their daughters Alex and Natalie.
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.
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.
Now a member of Developers Collaborative, Matt Teare 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.
Heather is an Owner’s Representative/Construction Specialist. After studying Communication, Architecture and Building Engineering, Heather worked for many years in the construction field. She now keeps a close eye on projects keeping them on budget. In her spare time Heather loves travel and painting en-plein-air. She is also active in Engineers Without Borders building schools and bringing water to communities around the world.
Mike Lyne is a partner and the operations lead for the newly formed DC Management (2015). He is also active in select Developer’s Collaborative projects. Prior to joining the DC team, he was a project manager for JHR Development LLC, overseeing a mix of projects in Portland, Topsham, Bath and the development of the Maine Street Station project in Brunswick. A 1986 graduate of Bowdoin College, and a former Alaska Smokejumper, Mike likens the thrill of putting out fires with the adventures of commercial real estate development and management. He has a passion for Maine’s Downtowns and consults on small mixed use projects that blend the commercial, historic and cultural needs of the community. He coaches youth lacrosse and has volunteered on the boards of the Brunswick Downtown Association, The Brunswick Recreation Commission, and GrowSmart Maine. Mike lives in Brunswick with his wife Kameron and two sons, Nolan and Sean.
Josh Trombley is the Property Manager for the newly formed DC Management (2015). Prior to joining the DC team, Josh managed both residential and commercial real estate for two different local firms in Portland. He also owns and manages his own portfolio of residential real estate in the Portland area. In his free time, Josh enjoys being outdoors, and trying new food, and local beer. Josh lives in South Portland with his wife Megan.
Melissa Morrill joined the DC Management Team in June 2017. Prior to joining the team, Melissa worked at Volunteers of America Northern New England (VOANNE) as their Vice President of Program Operations. She was responsible for overseeing 23 different programs throughout Maine and New Hampshire; including nearly 600 units of HUD, LIHTC and market rate housing, Grant Per Diem Programs funded through the US Department of Veteran Affairs, a statewide Community Mediation Services Program, In-Home Senior Care Programs and an Assisted Senior Living Community. Melissa has a degree in Behavioral Health and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern Maine. She is President of the Board for the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine and participates in multiple advocacy committees throughout the state of Maine for seniors, veterans and underserved populations.
Jessica GabbardJess joined DC in November of 2017 as the Accounting Manager. Prior to joining Developers Collaborative, she shared a 14 year career with Dead River Company, most recently as the Assistant Controller for Dead River Properties. While there, she accounted for a large portfolio of Commercial Real Estate to include Retail, Industrial & Flex. Per Board directives the decision was made to liquidate the real estate assets and as such, she stayed through the dissolution before planting her feet here at DC. Jess brings real estate accounting experience with her as well as both asset management and property management knowledge. She is excited to join Developers Collaborative and share in their philosophy of Smart Growth. Jess lives in Durham with her husband Tom and son Dane.