He also recently met with Patrick Kennedy, the San Francisco developer, to discuss Kennedy’s pitch for a micro-housing complex near the Longwood Medical Area, a neighborhood packed with doctors and medical students looking for convenient housing.
“We’re open to it,” Shen said. “But we are concerned about expanding the program to Longwood without getting a real sense of how the market is working in the Innovation District. I think we have to be cautious.”
Kennedy said he hopes Boston will eventually pursue construction of more micro-apartments. In the meantime, he plans to move forward with construction of his next San Francisco project this summer.
“I really can’t see any downside to having large concentrations of micro-apartments in appropriate places that are close to jobs and close to transit,” Kennedy said. “If you don’t build housing for single people, those single people are just going to fill up your housing stock anyway.”
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