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'Micro-ish' units planned for San Jose's West San Carlos corridor

For several years, micro units — efficiency studios as small as 250 square feet — have been touted as a solution for the region’s housing crisis, allowing developers to wring more units from ever dwindling supplies of land.

But the concept has been absent in the South Bay’s market-rate apartment pipeline, despite thousands of units developed during the recovery. Instead, micro units have remained something that happens up in San Francisco, like $4 toast and artisanal pickle boutiques.

Now a developer is proposing something kind of — but not quite — micro for a sliver of land on West San Carlos Street.

Shad Design has turned in preliminary plans for 81 units on a .4-acre lot at 1470 West San Carlos. The developer is in contract on the land, which is currently a car lot.

Units would include 379 square feet of living space on the main level plus a 162-square foot mezzanine/loft and a 32-square-foot closet, for a total of 573 square feet of usable space per unit.

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