Design Review Services

The Narrow Gate has been singularly focused on affordable housing and community development for over 30 years. In addition to serving as the design architects for dozens of publicly-funded projects, The Narrow Gate provides design review and lender advisor services for public and private lenders throughout Massachusetts. We have been a primary architectural reviewer of DHCD’s One Stop rental housing application projects since 2009. The Narrow Gate also has a strong interest in, and experience with supportive/special needs housing and has provided consulting evaluation services to CEDAC, DHCD, and DDS for numerous projects.

This deep experience as both designers and reviewers of affordable housing projects supplies The Narrow Gate with unusually broad qualifications for the benefit of state, municipal, and private agencies. Our principal architects and senior staff bring decades of experience in local zoning, building codes, accessibility regulations, as well as the numerous construction standards inherent in all publicly-funded projects. The Narrow Gate has also written design guidelines for municipal and state housing programs and local community commercial development districts. We can provide written and graphic illustrations to convey the information in a user friendly manner, understandable to both general users and design professionals. Our practice, and our lender advisor work, also allows us to quickly evaluate construction costs and to compare project budgets with multiple current similar developments.

Below is a list of some of the clients we have provided design review and lender advisor services for:



Town of Needham

City of Brockton

City of New Bedford

City of Boston DND

City of Worcester


Public Lenders

Massachusetts DHCD

Massachusetts DDS


Mass Housing Investment Corporation

Mass Housing (Affordable Housing Trust Fund)

Mass Housing Partnership

Somerville Housing Authority

Chelmsford Housing Authority

Malden Redevelopment Authority


Private Lenders

Boston Financial Investment Management

Enterprise Bank and Trust Co.

Boston Capital Partners

Century Bank and Trust Co.

BayCoast Bank

Wells Fargo Bank

National Equity Fund, Inc.

Historic Boston Inc.