About Us


Upham’s Corner Main Street, Inc. (UCMS) is a community-led business district planning agency that works to build a vibrant commercial district in Upham’s Corner, a bustling town center in Dorchester, Massachusetts that is anchored by the historic Strand Theatre.

Who We Are

UCMS is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, project-focused committees, an Executive Director and part-time staff/interns. UCMS is successful only through energetic volunteer action. The organization operates under The National Trust for Historic Preservation Main Street approach to revitalize Upham’s Corner through Design, Economic Restructuring, Organization, and Promotion. If you are interested in being part of UCMS’s work, please take a look at recent posts and Calendar for community meetings and events – you might find something you’d like to get involved with!

As one of the leading programs in the Boston Main Streets network, UCMS 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 on the radar as a neighborhood destination and is highly sought by new businesses looking for a profitable location.


UCMS was first created in 1995 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.

The goal: to create more permanent jobs, an optimal mix of retail businesses, and shopping opportunities that fit the needs of residents.