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Boston co-living tower proposed for South End’s Ink Block

‘Millennial resort’

Rendering via Elkus Manfredi Architects

A 14-story co-living building proposed for the South End’s Ink Block complex would create what one of its developers calls a “millennial resort” complete with micro-apartments and a suite of services that includes organized social activities.

National Development, the Ink Block’s Newton-based developer, and Ollie, a New York concern that operates coliving buildings elsewhere in the U.S., expect many of the apartments at the 245-unit building to be smaller than 400 square feet.

That’s because of the services are designed to draw tenants out of their tiny homes and into a kind of communal Valhalla complete with wine tastings and sightseeing tours. The apartments themselves are theoretically just places to sleep and shower, and to perhaps cook the odd meal.

“We’re trying to offer a friction-free style of living,” Ollie cofounder Chris Bledsoe told the Globe’s Tim Logan. “The ability to show up with a backpack full of clothes, your toothbrush, and your laptop and be ready to go.”

Not surprisingly perhaps, the building would be marketed toward younger folk—millennials in particular. And the rents would be a tad less than in comparable apartments because comparable apartments are not quite as small.

Also, leases would be conventional one- and two-year affairs rather than the short-term ones found under some other co-living arrangements.

The project still needs Boston Planning and Development Agency approval. Stay tuned.