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250 Micro-Units Proposed at South End's Ink Block

250 Micro-Units Proposed at South End's Ink Block

This week, a Project Notification Form was filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency by Massachusetts-based developers National Development. The PNF called for the construction of 250 micro-units in the South End at Ink Block.


A 'micro-unit" has been characterized as new construction homes that are relatively smaller in size and often offer more affordable options. These new 250 micro-units at Ink Block will further comprise 33 income-restricted affordable units.

Micro-units are a new residential typology, reflecting the evolving desires of a new generation of residents who desire a sustainable lifestyle with small personal living areas and access to common amenity spaces and the vibrant urban neighborhoods around them.

The proposed residential units will be "Move-In Ready" with multifunctional furniture, as well as premium Wi-Fi and television connections. The building will house a live-in community manager to organize regular social events for residents in the building.

The Project Site

Located at 217 Albany Street in Boston's South End, the proposal calls for the removal of an existing two-story storage and warehouse building and surface parking. A new 14-story, 250-unit co-living residential building and new outdoor open space will be provided for building residents. The project will further enhance the public realm improvements and will facilitate pedestrian connections to surrounding neighborhoods.

While the area surrounding the site has been historically industrial in nature, more recent redevelopments such as the Troy Boston residential project at 275 Albany Street, the Ink Block mixed-use redevelopment of the former Boston Herald Building on Harrison Avenue, and the AC Hotel on Albany street has resulted in greater density with taller and varying building heights and sizes.

As a Transit-Oriented Development project, there will be no on-site parking provided as future residents will have access to ample MBTA train and bus services and other transportation alternatives within proximity of the Project Site.

The Residences

The Project will include uniquely-designed apartments with efficient layouts of approximately 500 square-feet. The units will make use of the reduced square-footage compared to conventional storage apartments through hotel-style amenities that include:

  • Common kitchen and lounge
  • Co-working and meeting space
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shared rooftop space
  • Housekeeping services

The building will contain up to 250 units consisting primarily of micro-unit studios, but will also include a mix of two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. Each unit has its own private kitchen, bathroom and living areas.

The comment period for this development is currently open on the Boston Planning & Development Agency site until May 10th.

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