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Growth of micro-units will be slow in Boston

Planner worried about standards

Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s top planning aide said Tuesday that Boston is unlikely to allow large numbers of micro-apartments in the next few years, citing the need to protect living standards and ensure the units are reasonably priced.

Chief planner Kairos Shen, an influential voice in city housing policy, said Boston has permitted construction of about 195 smaller units in the South Boston Innovation District. But he also noted that the first units to hit the market, some as small as 355 square feet, are commanding $1,700 a month or more.

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