In the three years since it launched, co-living start-up Common has expanded its footprint, with more than a dozen of its homes in five cities across the country. (It has also experienced some growing pains along the way.) Ten of those are located in Brooklyn and Queens, but there’s one place where it hasn’t landed yet: Manhattan.
That’ll change this month with the launch of Common Clinton, the company’s first co-living space on the island. Construction is now underway on the 32-bed home, which will be located on 47th Street between Ninth and Tenth avenues and is due to open sometime next year.
Up to this point, Common has focused on outer borough neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Ridgewood, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens—places that have more of a cool factor than Midtown Manhattan. But Common sees the Hell’s Kitchen locale as being of a piece with its previous homes.
“Its proximity to core commercial areas by a short subway ride—including Hudson Yards, Midtown and, fortuitously, Amazon’s HQ2 in Long Island City—and being in walking distance of a thriving restaurant, arts and culture scene makes it a perfect location for a Common home,” Sam Adler, the company’s director of real estate, told Curbed in an email.
Common has partnered with YD Development on the project—YD will oversee the development process, while Common will step in as property manager when all is said and done. It’s YD’s first project in New York City, and in planning the space, both firms knew they wanted the building to be eco-friendly. “When thinking about the efficiency of the building, green tech naturally came up,” says Derek Hsiang, a partner at YD. To that end, it’ll have a number of features—smart thermostats, low-flow plumbing, and a custom solar canopy—that will offset its carbon footprint.
The green features make it unique, but the new space adhere to the same formula in place at Common’s other NYC homes: Residents can rent a room within the building (rents have yet to be disclosed), and will have access to a number of amenities, including a residents’ lounge, free Wi-Fi, and regular housekeeping services.
As for Common’s future, Adler says the company is hoping to open more homes in Manhattan while also looking toward its future nationally—the company recently announced its largest project, a 223-bed building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, and it also has an affordable co-living project in the works in New Orleans.