Would You Rent a Micro Apartment? They’re Coming To Boise
According to Wikipedia "In the United States old prison cells are usually about 6 by 8 feet in dimension which is 48 square feet, (moreover, however, American Correctional Association standards call for a minimum of 70 square feet = 6,5 m2), with steel or brick walls and one solid or barred door that locks from the outside."
70 square feet is basically a room that is 7ft by 10ft. Obviously this is a place you live in when you've violated society and have committed a crime. It is not the ideal living situation for most however the Tiny House Nation might disagree. Actually the Micro apartment fans will probably be the biggest believers in small living spaces.
Speaking of which If you're a Micro Apartment fan... Congratulations it appears that Boise is getting it's first Micro Apartment building near the Boise Towne Square mall. The building will feature seventy one small units, 340 square feet to 412 square feet. The four story building will be located 709 N. Cole Road on a 1.4-acre property just south of Emerald Street.
In a letter to the city, Eric Anderson of ALC Architecture of Boise said ,“The landowner/developer wishes to provide a low-cost, micro-unit development that will create naturally occurring work-force and affordable housing... This project is centrally positioned with retail, restaurants and entertainment amenities within close proximity.”
It's not a done deal yet, however a hearing at the Boise Planning & Zoning Commission is planned for Feb. 1, at Boise City Hall. The cost of rent has yet to be determined but to give you an idea of affordable housing prices a 1br - 1ba apartment at a newer complex will run you anywhere between $780 and $1,100 for just over 600sq.ft.
According to a KISS FM instagram poll 77% of participants said they would NOT rent a micro apartment so it will be interesting to see how big the demand is for these units in Boise.