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Co-working Office Space Building in New York Introduces Micro-Homes

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A co-working office space in Syracuse, New York will soon feature micro-homes and common space living for millennials.

Troy Evans, who opened CoWorks, a co-working office space in downtown Syracuse, is looking to expand the building into a mixed-used space with a dorm he calls "Commonspace," reported The Atlantic.  His latest idea will introduce 21 micro-homes for millennials, in which each 300 square foot unit will have a tiny kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a living space.  Outside of the micro-unit will be a typical chef's kitchen and other shared facilities such as a game room and TV room. 

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Evans and his partner John Talarico, are also set to hire a "social engineer" to handle group events and ensure harmonious living amongst the residents.

The planned micro-unit development will provide millennials the opportunity to retain their privacy yet be social with other people and never be lonely, according to Evans.  He also mentioned that the Commonspace micro-home development will combine affordable housing with community style living. 

Evans told The Atlantic, "We're trying to combine an affordable apartment with this community style of living, rather than living by yourself in a one-bedroom in the suburbs."  Units in Evans' planned Commonspace development will rent between $700 and $900 a month. 

Evans and Talarico added that their rental rate was slightly cheaper than other one bedroom unit apartments in Syracuse.  Talarico commented, "If your normal rent is $1,500, we're coming in way under that.  You can spend that money elsewhere, living, not just sustaining."

Meanwhile, micro-home developments are slowly gaining popularity in Manhattan. A residential tower named My Micro NY is currently under construction in Manhattan's Kips Bay neighborhood, states Dezeen magazine.  The project, designed by nArchitects, is part of a program organized by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development, to identify a new model for affordable housing. 

The nine-story building will house 55 micro-units, measuring from 250 to 370 square feet.  The project's on-site construction started in March and were scheduled to be completed in December.  According to Dezeen, zoning regulations were waived by the mayor's office to allow construction of the My Micro NY building in the city. 

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