Tuesday, July 10, 2012
City to squeeze people into smaller apartments
The city unveiled a pilot program Monday morning that is geared toward encouraging the creation of smaller apartments in the city.
The program, called adAPT NYC Competition, will kick off with a contest under which the city will issue a request for proposals to find a developer to build a rental building on city-owned land, located at 335 E. 27th St., between First and Second avenues. The key wrinkle in the request for proposals is that the apartments will be significantly smaller than what is currently allowed by existing city housing codes and zoning laws.
Currently, city zoning laws bar the creation of apartments that are smaller than 400 square feet, said City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden at a press conference at the American Institute of Architects' Center for Architecture announcing the pilot.
According to the city, 76% of Manhattan households are made up of one or two people. The city as a whole boasts no less than 1.8 million one- and two-person households, but just 1 million studios and one-bedrooms. Mr. Bloomberg noted that the program will also help to deter people from dividing up apartments illegally.
If you believe that, I have a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.