Ink Block is a vibrant residential/retail hub in Boston’s South End neighborhood that includes 315 apartments in three distinct buildings (1 Ink, 2 Ink, 3 Ink). The focal point of the retail is a flagship 50,000 SF Whole Foods Market on the ground floor of 2 Ink, built below a green roof and resident swimming pool. Sepia contains 77 residential condominiums and 10,000 SF of retail space. Phase III, a 206-key AC Hotel by Marriot as well as 76 residential condominiums at Siena, was completed in early 2018. The last phase is currently under construction; 7INK will be a 14-story, 180-unit co-living building on the corner of Albany and Herald streets. From the mid-19th century until it was demolished in the 1950s as part of a federal urban renewal initiative, the site had been a mixed-use residential neighborhood known as the New York Streets. In its second lifetime from the '50s to the early 2000's as the home of the Boston Herald newspaper, the area became an industrial no man’s land in the heart of the city islanded by depressed highways and adjacent overpasses. Begun in 2013, National Development’s third-generation redevelopment of the site has returned the area to the lively, dynamic mixed-use community it was over a century earlier with a new concentration of 24/7 activity that links the formerly disconnected neighborhoods of the South End with South Boston. The adjacent Underground at Ink Block, a new 8-acre urban park beneath the highway overpasses hailed for its innovative, award-winning landscape design and engaging street art, contributes to the site’s increased connectivity.
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