We at SPOA have been aware for many years of “naturally affordable” smaller units, lumped together as “accessory dwelling units.” Recently, the idea of “micro-units” has gained attention. They are very small, compact units, cheaper but relatively costly as new construction, perfect for millenials and people who work from home with computers.
In 2014, Boston created a Housing Innovation Lab to test “innovative housing models” to improve affordability. The Lab’s key focus is accessory dwelling units, “great as naturally affordable housing,” not income-restricted. Our proposal, then, to add micro-units, studios, and one-bedroom units are not far-out ideas.