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Seattle's newest affordable apartments to be stacked by crane

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SEATTLE - A new crane will be added to the Seattle skyline Monday morning - ready to build a new apartment building in just four months.

This may be the next trend in housing here in Seattle - modular micro-apartments that are stacked up with a crane.

The new building - by Cubix - will be four stories tall off Aurora Avenue North at 109th Street.

With rents rising across the area - at a rate of more than 5 percent annually - Cubix officials they're building the newest affordable housing project in the city.

Each micro-studio is 225 to 275 square feet. That small space includes a built-in desk, bathroom and kitchenette with a microwave, two-burner induction stove and a refrigerator.

The crane will be set up Monday and will start stacking modules into a four-story building scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

When the building is complete it will contain more than 100 units.

The new micro-suites are already listed online for rent. The cheapest unit right now is $875, and the highest is $1,050. That's below the average rent in the region, which is now nearly $1,900 in King County's urban areas and $1,300 down in the Tacoma-Lakewood area.

Right now there are thousands of apartments being added every year as developers work hard to stay up with demand.

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