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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. (AP Photo/Panoramic Interests)

Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 3:20 p.m.

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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