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Small May Be About To Get Even Smaller
Tuesday, July 10, 2012, by Philip Ferrato

This afternoon, ever-tinier legal living spaces are up for a vote at the (San Francisco) Board of Supervisors meeting. A modification to the building code sponsored by Supervisor Wiener (flying solo) would reduce the legal square footage for new construction rental units to 220 square feet, measured to the inside perimeter of the outer walls, and include a full bath, a closet, and a kitchen with at least 30 inches of counter space. No mention of a dishwasher or in-unit laundry, and presumably you get to live/sleep/eat/work/sex in whatever's left- which the new code would define as a minimum 150 square feet of the 220– about the size of a parking space.

The same thing was proposed this week in New York City, another town where rental units are both hard to find and expensive— a proposal similar to Weiner's except there's no closet and the minimum size is at least 55 square feet larger. In both places the current minimum is 450 square feet. The rationale, both civic and commercial, is to provide housing for young, transient tech employees who, as an alternative tend to band together and rent family-sized apartments, thus shrinking the pool of rentals available for actual families. or what one housing advocate calls "cannibalization" . . . .

http://sf.curbed.com/archives/2012/07/10/small_may_be_about_to_get_even_smaller.php#more
 

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That's odd. Seattle has a mini-trend of mini-units going up down to 150 square feet or so. These are basically SRO buildings, that often have additional shared kitchens outside the units themselves, which have kitchenettes.

Here's a detailed presentation for one scheduled for design review tomorrow, a mile east of Downtown. Per page 12 (worth reading) it'll have 45 units ranging from 155 to 277 sf with no parking and apparently no extra shared kitchens. http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/AppDocs/GroupMeetings/DRProposal3013256AgendaID3680.pdf

These guys run several similar buildings often near Downtown or the UW: http://apodment.com/
 

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^^Given the name, "Academia Court", they may BE dorm rooms. I looked for the name of the developer (not the architect) because there are a number of private builders and developers of student apartments and dormitories (I own shares in one, Campus Communities). Some of them are done off-campus as private projects and some are done under contract with a school on-campus. I think a few colleges have given up running their own dorms entirely.
 

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In the link, they say it's for the "regional student and young professional population." It's a private development.

The UW is building thousands of dorm beds a few blocks away....700 opened last summer, 700 this summer, 800 with cranes up, another starting this summer.... It's one of the few types of public projects that's easy to fund, as the students simply vote to pay for it with student fees.
 
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