The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved a six-story apartment building between Lincoln and Cambridge streets aimed at people who don't mind sharing apartments - such as grad students and young professionals looking to save on rent.
The board approved a building with 80 apartments - 58 of them with four bedrooms and 12 with three bedrooms designed as suites with a common kitchen for each and aimed at people who don't mind a dorm-like setting. It'll be Allston's first formal co-living development. An additional ten units will be rented as traditional studios.
Developers Arx Urban and Boylston Properties agreed not to rent any of the units to undergraduates. They added they will not try to turn the building into an executive-suite sort of hotel.
The mayor's office backed the proposal as did City Councilor Liz Breadon (Allston/Brighton) and the Allston Civic Association. Breadon and ACA President Tony D'Isidoro said they are optimistic that by drawing off grad students and young professionals from the Allston/Brighton housing market, they will both give those people a way to start their lives in the neighborhood while making it easier for families to stay in the neighborhood as competition decreases for more traditional housing units.
The BPDA approved the proposal in January.
Common AllBright filings with the BPDA.