If you haven’t seem them popping up in neighborhoods like Capitol Hill or the University District, you’ve certainly heard about the 50 some micro-apartments being built all over the city. While these tiny 150-200 sf apartments offer a cheaper living option for young Seattleites, they’re also stirring controversy across the board. According to the Seattle Times, some of these apartment buildings contain 64 units each, but because the city only counts kitchens, not sleeping quarters for development regulations, the buildings bypass design and environmental review as well as notice to neighbors that is usually required for multifamily projects.
Neighbors against the micro-apartments are trying to convince the city to adopt a moratorium on the apartments, as they’re concerned the buildings are creating a massive increase in neighborhood density. They feel that the city is currently allowing developers to twist the rules, and building developers are getting around standard regulations; they feel that developers should undergo the same regulations as multifamily projects. If you currently live in, or next to a micro-apartment building, we’d love to hear your feedback! Email us today if you love or hate them.