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Two South End apartment complexes, including a ‘millennial resort,’ win approval

A three-building complex along Shawmut Avenue in the South End has been approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency board.TAT/The Davis Cos

Two apartment developments in the South End are poised to move forward after winning approval from the Boston Planning & Development Agency Thursday evening.

The Davis Cos., Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, and Boston Chinese Evangelical Church got the green light for a three-building complex on Shawmut Avenue that will include 536 apartments and condos — at least 139 of them set aside for low- and moderate-income residents — along with a new church, community space, and a park. The partnership between Davis — a large, for-profit developer — and the pair of Chinatown nonprofits was a way to combine efforts and transform a full block of the formerly industrial area where the South End and Chinatown meet.


The BPDA also approved a building at the nearby Ink Block complex. It will be a 14-story tower featuring 250 “co-living” units — micro apartments in a high-service building loaded with amenities — which its developer described as “a millennial resort.” The $90 million project will be the final phase of the giant Ink Block complex, which kicked off the redevelopment of the area, in a corner of the South End by the Southeast Expressway.

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