New Jersey-based Ironstate Development has created a new model of mixed-use apartment buildings that are redefining urban living.
CityLab reports that the development firm’s all-inclusive “Urby” complexes outside the New York metropolitan area cater to working-millennial population who want the amenities of a big city without the prices. The developments include ground-level retail, lobby coffee shops, heated outdoor pools and fitness centers. They are also all steps away from public transportation that carry residents to their jobs in the New York.
The trade-off for these luxuries is space. Units have a small, basics-only design that eliminates extra room for entertaining. In their place, the complexes employ cultural directors who coordinate community-building entertainment like wine-tastings and cooking classes in shared kitchens and lobbies.
The goal is to create space-efficient living for a growing population of moneyed professionals flocking to areas with tech jobs. It is unclear how the complexes will affect the surrounding towns and communities.