Framing has started at 217 Albany Street, future home of 7INK. The co-living building will offer 180 fully furnished residences, expected to be complete in Q1 of 2022. Residents of 7INK will have access to a dedicated social club membership with a gaming room, common lounge, and co-working areas.
Excavation and pile driving have resumed for 7Ink in the South End. The upcoming 14 story building will feature 180 units of co-living each furnished and complete with Wi-Fi, cable, and weekly cleaning. The co-living model also includes a regular calendar of curated social activities and large amenity areas for co-working and socializing including a rooftop deck overlooking Boston. National Development tells BLDUP they now expect to open 7Ink in Q1 of 2022 as they work to advance the schedule as best they can over the next many months.
$5M Plumbing Permit Pulled for South End Co-Living Project
EM Duggan has pulled a permit valued at $5M for the plumbing work at 7INK in the South End. Boston's first co-living project will feature 180 units complete with complimentary hotel-style conveniences like high-speed Wi-Fi, premium cable TV, & weekly housekeeping. Amenity spaces offered will include a gaming room, common lounge, and co-working area. Construction is expected to last through the fourth quarter of 2021.
7INK Financed for $53.25 Million via Citizens Bank
7INK has received $53.25 million in construction financing via Citizens Bank.
The approved project calls for a 14-story residential building containing 180 shared suites and micro-studios. Developed by National Development, 7INK will be Boston’s first major co-living development, emphasizing communal living. The building will provide a full range of services, unique community engagements and extraordinary shared amenity spaces.
An electrical permit valued at $5.35M has been pulled by Aldon Electric for 7Ink by Ollie in the South End. The upcoming 14-story building will feature 180 co-living units plus a variety of shared amenity spaces.
With the site clear, a building permit valued at $52M has been issued for 217 Albany Street, the 7INK project. The upcoming 14-story building, the final piece of the INK Block, will feature 180 units of co-living. The building will also provide a full range of services, unique community engagements and extraordinary shared amenity spaces.
Demo has wrapped up and the site is now clear for 7Ink. Located along Albany Street in the South End, 7Ink will offer 180 co-living units, all fully furnished and complete with cleaning service and other hotel-style amenities. The building will also provide a full suite of amenities plus unique opportunities for community engagement.
Demo of the existing 2 story structure that sat on the final Ink Block development site has kicked off. The site is the future home of 7INK, Boston's first major co-living project that will offer units ranging in size from studios through 4 bedrooms. The upcoming 14-story tower will feature 180 units along with ample community space offering an array of social programming and services. Construction is expected to last around 20 months and be completed in 2021.
A notice of project change to adjust the unit mix within the upcoming co-living 7INK has been approved by the BPDA. The change keeps the total number of units the same at 250 however by changing smaller studio units to 3 and 4 bedrooms the total bed count is not increased from 327 to 353. There is no change to building size.
Notice of Project Change for 7INK by Ollie in the South End
The proposed project change calls to modify the Project’s unit mix in response to assessment of market information both from the Boston market and obtained from operating co- living communities in other locations.
Increased market demand from the targeted demographic of 25-40 year olds has been experienced for the multi-bedroom units due to the lower price point associated with these unit types.
The proposed unit mix modification is as follows:
Previously approved unit mix
New unit mix
1-bedroom (premium units)
The overall increase in the approved total number of bedrooms from 327 to 353 is 8%.
The overall building area, building height and the building envelope/footprint, as approved by the BPDA Board on July 12, 2018, will remain the same. The change to the bedroom count is achieved solely by redesign of the floor plans of the previously approved units.
The 217 Albany Street project is located in the South End bordering Chinatown. The majority of the project site currently consists of service area parking and driveway associated with Ink Block residential buildings and the existing Ink Block Whole Foods grocery store, as well as a vacant two-story brick building formerly occupied by the Transit Insurance Agency.
The project will construct a new all-inclusive, co-living, 14-story residential building. This will include apartments with efficient layouts, making use of reduced square footage as compared to conventional studio apartments. This is accomplished through a hotel-style residential amenities program that includes a common kitchen and lounge, co-working and meeting space, as well as fitness facilities, shared rooftop space, and housekeeping services. The building will contain up to 250 units containing 327 individually leased bedrooms, within 197 studios known as “microunits”, 35 two-bedroom units, 12 three-bedroom units, and six four-bedroom units. Each unit has its own private kitchen, bathroom and living areas. The proposed residential units will be “move-in ready” with furniture, premium Wi-Fi, and television connections. Another unique aspect of this residential concept is the inclusion of a live-in community manager to organize regular social events for residents in the building.
The project will not include any on-site parking, instead, residents will be encouraged to utilize nearby MBTA train and bus service, taxis, and private ride services. Car sharing services such as Zipcar are also available in the immediate vicinity of the project site. Short- and long-term monthly public parking for residents will be available at the 175-space “Underground at Ink Block” parking facility across Albany Street under I-93. Secure bicycle storage will also be provided within the project building for residents and any building support staff.
Boston’s first co-living tower proposed at Ink Block in South End
National Development has partnered with Ollie, a leading co-living and micro-housing specialist, to construct 7INK by Ollie, Boston’s first major co-living development, at Ink Block in the South End. The 14-story 7INK by Ollie would be located at the corner of Herald and Albany Streets and contain 245 shared suites and micro-studios emphasizing communal living. The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the project, which would be the six-acre Ink Block development’s seventh and final building.
Ink Block currently consists of apartments, condominiums, a hotel, one of the country’s highest volume Whole Foods Markets, acclaimed restaurants, retailers and fitness studios. “7INK by Ollie and the co-living program is the logical evolution of our innovative Ink Block brand,” said Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development, in a prepared statement. “The built-in infrastructure of Whole Foods Market, our restaurant and fitness retailers, the soon to open AC Hotel by Marriott, and our new Underground at Ink Block art park make this a perfect location for co-living.” National Development and Ollie anticipate starting construction of 7INK by Ollie in late 2018, pending city approval.
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