Developers Asked to Design City's Smallest Apartment
Monday, July 09, 2012 - 03:58 PM
New York City apartments may get even smaller.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday launched a competition for developers to design a building with micro-units of no more than 300-square feet in Manhattan for the city’s expanding small-household population.
“The city’s demographics have changed,” Bloomberg said, noting 76 percent of households in Manhattan are comprised of two or fewer people. “People come to the city, postpone having children until later. So you have to change your rules along with the requirements. If you don't, then No. 1 people can't come here, and No. 2 they do things like breaking up apartments illegally.”
Currently, regulations require new apartments be at least 400-square feet. There are currently 1 million studio and one-bedroom apartments in the city.
Many young people and professionals who flock to Manhattan resort to sharing larger apartments with others or renting illegally converted basement or cellar apartments, the mayor said. The mayor said appropriate housing is needed if the city wants to continue to reap the benefits young professionals provide.
“We want people to come here, start their careers here,” Bloomberg said. “And if you don’t have the kind of housing that they need, they can’t do that. Young people from around the country or around the world, that’s our future.”
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development will accept proposals to find a developer to design, build and operate the rental on city-owned land on 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.