Miami Board Approves 275-Square-Foot Micro-Units

Developers could soon be allowed ultra-small apartments in certain parts of Miami.

Yesterday, the Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board voted unanimously to change the Miami 21 zoning code to allow for micro-units sized at just 275 square feet within Transit Oriented Development areas.

Parking will be reduced or eliminated. Normally, developers in Miami are required by code to build parking spaces for every unit, with the code setting a minimum needed for each unit. When building micro-units however, the code will provide for the reverse, with a maximum of one space per unit (and the option to not build any at all).

Miami-Dade County code requires minimum units sizes of 150 square feet per single occupant and 250 square feet for two occupants. Florida building code established a minimum of 250 square feet for two occupants, with a kitchen and bathroom required.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
3 years ago

Glad to see the code getting updated to reflect the evolution of consumer needs towards more affordable housing and this is definitely one way for developers to cater to this uderserved market where large units and amenity rich buildings are out of reach for the average LOCAL end user who ultimately grows roots in the community. Exciting things happening in the magic city!

Last Gringo
3 years ago

yeah, more money for the corrupt Cuban developers that keep making this city more unliveable. Quickest way 4 affordable housing in Miami is to ban the dirty money from China, Colombia, Venezuela that drives up the cost of housing. New Zealand just passed law banning foreigners from buying real estate. Prices there immediately dropped 20%

Anonymous
3 years ago

1-The fact that you are Comparing Miami Market with New Zealand makes not sense at all.
2-20% of $500 000 for a small studio plus the HOA, is still unaffordable for most of the local middle class.
3-Not all money foreign money is dirty, many south-Americans invest properties in the US to protect their savings from hyperinflation and government corruption.
4-Brickell City Center, Miami World Center, 1000 Museum, ect. (sorry, not Cubans involved)

Anonymous
3 years ago

Step in the right direction

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think this is really good news for Miami and residents who want to live closer to downtown but can’t afford it. Also someone say living in Orlando but wants a affordable micro unit in Miami as a second home can take Brightline to an from no car needed.

Anonymous
3 years ago

While I don’t think many Orlando residents want a 2nd home in downtown Miami (they’d want a beach location if they’d want anything in Miami at all), this could be great for those with jobs in the city of Miami.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Is there any associated density increase so this change will actually makes sense financially?

emilio estefan
3 years ago

There are plenty of high density development areas… downtown miami, omni, brickell, etc allow for 300,500,1000/units acre density…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Right, but when you’re restricted by unit count you’re severely limiting your net rentable/sellable area if you build 100 micro-units vs 100 conventionally sized units.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there are units per acre limits in Miami21. Just MIN. Unit size, and parking per unit, and that depends on the intensity of the use.

This is the solution to affordable housing. Add more housing supply to meet demand. Not EVERY apartment needs parking spaces, 750 sq ft, and a required retail component. The local gov’t should dictate that they are safe, and let the free market decide the rest.

Anonymous
3 years ago

You’re off. Miami 21 is limited by units per acre.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think we’re turning Japanese I think we’re turning Japanese I really think so…

Anonymous
3 years ago

Most larger apartment/condo buildings in Japan are quite spacious. It’s two-story “apato” buildings with less than ten units you’re talking about, comparable to the old apartment houses from the 1920s you see around Riverside (Little Havana) and Flamingo/Lummus (South Beach).

Anonymous
3 years ago

That’s brilliant!!

Tomas Possenti
3 years ago

I think this would really allow for absolute value of some condos and rentals within the TOD districts to be within the reach for more people.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Overpaying for too little a space…will NEVER be a good thing.

Yohan Perez
3 years ago

We don’t have a Lowes/Home Depot or a LA Fitness in this gigantic area of half a million well to do populace of SouthBeach/MiamiBeach + Downtown + Park West + Edgewater + Wynwood + Upper East Side. I think both these corporations are blind AF. Is someone listening?

Anonymous
3 years ago

they should just implement this for all sizes.

aceraroja
3 years ago

Little Havana, Edgewater, and endless miles of Miami are already full of “micro-units” — they’re just not brand new. It’s fine to build these but they are not the solution for affordable housing for families.

suomynona
3 years ago

Especially since these are almost definitely going to cost $1K+ for a 300sqft apartment.

Ernesto Maestro
3 years ago

I think that if is gonna help you in wich is rent lease will be amazing. 300 ft i see it very fair charging A dollar per feet will be the best but well dreams came true !!! And im askkng for to much for so little…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I wonder if this will translate to better architecture. Considering Centro and the proposed Yotel look absolutely horrendous despite lacking parking garages, probably not…

Anonymous
3 years ago

I think Centro melts pretty well in that area.

Anonymous
3 years ago

He can’t help himself…everything looks horrendous to him, even when he looks in the mirror.

Anonymous
3 years ago

400 sq ft. Should be the minimum.. that’s the size of a small studio.

Anonymous
3 years ago

There’s definitely a market for micro living out there. Think of all the people living in efficiency and attached rooms. I think this will be great. Build more like these near transit with no parking

anonymous
3 years ago

Agreed. Goodness knows how many outsiders have asked me for attached rooms and effiencies, from Dade to Broward. Now I can refer to them on these micro-units.

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yep, however, unlike renting a room on CL, these will cost nearly as much as a traditional studio.

Anonymous
3 years ago

I lived in a 300 sq ft studio for 5 years…..for one person it’s fine

Anonymous
3 years ago

Yes, and these type of units will attract more empty nesters who want to live in or near the brickell and downtown area and could care less about the necessity of a car.

Anonymous
3 years ago

What? What grown adult would want to live in a closet?

Anonymous
3 years ago

Those who are tired of the Imposed Suburban mentality of the dated American Dream and only want deal with the most the basic things, enjoy traveling and have fun,

Anonymous
3 years ago

Of course, but I doubt they’ll be happy in a tiny micro apartment. Everyone needs space. Imagine living in a hotel room, it would get cramped after a little while.

Anonymous
3 years ago

People like you who live in Miami just doesn’t get the joys of living in areas that already has the convenience of a metromover to get around to the different restaurants, bars, movie theaters, shops, museums and other kinds of entertainment that’s all within walking distance too. Miami already is city to see and be seen in.

There are many, many people who live in cities like New York and Washington DC who don’t mind it at all living in a micro-apartment because they’re living around and near all the action!

Anonymous
6 months ago

As someone who was born and raised in Miami then moved to NYC, then back to Miami… Micro units solve nothing. They do not encourage “grass root” family growth and family development. It is a great way to maximize profits for the developer and an excuse to force shorter buildings in a places that are flood prone and adjacent to the developers buildings – thereby insulating the big developers high prices and views.