Euro Group-USA, LLC, a German development group, is looking to build a micro-housing development in downtown Orlando [Gmap].
The units will range from 260 to 447 SF and will have access to communal kitchens and laundry rooms on every floor, a sky terrace/community garden on the sixth floor, and community lounges on the first and third.
There will be 52 units to accommodate the Group Housing category under High Intensity building codes (the same category as hostels and boarding houses), designed to sleep one occupant per room.
With only 19 parking spaces provided and enough racks for 24 bikes, Euro Group-USA is hedging their bets that Gen Y and Gen Xers, their target demographics, are not interested in car ownership. They even cite a walk score of 90 out of 100 from walkscore.com as one of their reasons for investing in the neighborhood.
In emails with the City, the developers state that they are working with Hertz and Orlando Bikeshare on some more incentives for their residents, including free memberships for tenants who are not renting a parking space.
Emails between planning officials seem excited about the project but mildly stumped on how to treat it. City code defines group housing for more than 52 occupants as a motel use, and motel uses are not typically considered a long term residential use, a code amendment is needed to address large group housing developments. According to City officials, specific design standards for micro-housing may also be needed.