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San Francisco lawmakers delay vote on tiny apartments

  • In this artist's concept released by Panoramic Interests is a 300 square-foot apartment proposed for San Francisco. San Francisco may soon give new meaning to the word "downsizing." Supervisors are set to vote on Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012 on a proposed change to the city's building code that would allow construction of among the tiniest apartments in the country. Under the plan, new apartments could be as small as 220 square feet including a kitchen, bathroom and closet. (AP Photo/Panoramic Interests)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco lawmakers have postponed voting on a proposal that would make the city home to some of the smallest apartments in the country.

The city's Board of Supervisors had been expected Tuesday to consider a building code change to allow apartments as small as 220 square feet. The super-tiny efficiency units would include a bathroom, kitchen and closet.

Current regulations require apartment living rooms alone to be that size.

Supervisor Scott Wiener asked to delay a preliminary vote on the issue until Nov. 13 so he could continue discussions with critics who fear the super-small apartments would increase population density, strain city services and further crowd out families.

They are calling for a pilot project to test the new units before fully opening the door to construction.


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