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A Chip Off the New M Block Debuts

One big part of the new M Block in Fort Point is stepping out this week. (You haven't heard of the M Block? Oh dear: More here.) The folks behind the conversion of the old shoe factory at 63 Melcher Street are having an open house through Thursday (2 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, including today).

The conversion creates 38 studios, one-bedrooms and two-bedrooms, including eight 23 so-called innovation units, which are essentially micro-apartments for the techie on the go, a place to plug in and latte-up (yup, latte as a verb). Above you can (hopefully) make out the floorplan of a typical innovation unit at what's now being called Factory 63; each appears to be no more than 450 600 square feet and severely functional.

Want more frills? Head to the one- and two-bedrooms, which feature stainless-steel appliances and plenty of exposed brick (see top photo). They also incorporate the overall building's green features, including weather-efficient windows and W/D units that sip and don't guzzle.

There are also five live-work spaces for artists, that appear to be about twice the size of the innovation units (which are being called "innovation lofts" at Factory 63). These spaces are the only one-bedrooms in Factory 63. Thirty of the 38 units are studios, including the innovation lofts, and the remaining three are two-bedrooms. Apartments start at $1,699 a month.
· Factory 63 [website]
· Developers, Brokers Trying to Make 'M Block' Happen [Curbed Boston]
· South Boston to Get Hundreds of Manhattan Apartments [Curbed Boston]