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City Takes Plunge into Modular Housing

May 16th, 2017 Comments off
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An artists rendition of the soon to be completed Westgate Manor in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Journal of Commerce.

In a trend that has become popular in Europe, the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta, is taking the plunge, with the development of its first modular housing project utilizing shipping containers.

Per the Journal of Commerce, the soon to be completed urban infill project, Westgate Manor, will consist of 20 units, specifically designed as affordable housing in a joint venture between Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

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AJ Slivinski. Credit: LinkedIn.

There is a faster schedule, off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors, the steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.”

Construction on Westlake Manor is expected to be completed by summer of this year.

For Ladacor, they say that there is significant opportunity for their modular units in a number of other verticals.

We have got some traction in the hotel market and we are looking to expand into different markets,” said Rhys Kane, Ladacor Business Development Director.

Hotels lend themselves very well to modular as the suites can be fully finished, the hotel suites themselves are good dimensions. Modular is flexible enough to be able to build those spaces. We are confident that we can do multifamily. It is just an obvious next step really.”

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Ladacor and Step Ahead at the ground breaking of Westgate Manor. Credit: REMI Network.

Step Ahead Properties also sees additional opportunities for modular to help with affordable housing.

Senior housing is a big market across different spectrums,” said Kane.It’s a great opportunity particularly in small towns where people want to stay, as they would otherwise often have to go to major urban centers.”

 

Manufactured and Modular – Things to Remember

It should be noted that while modular homes offer savings over site built homes, manufactured housing is often 25 to 30 percent cheaper than modular housing, due to the extra costs related to onsite assembly.

And, while manufactured homes outsell modulars by about 5-to-1, there is still a stigma from the old pre-HUD-code mobile home days that affects financing and zoning issues.

Yet there may be very little difference between the products, when comparing a modular home to a residential-style manufactured home (as opposed to the entry level version).

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associatoin (GMHA).

About half of modular builders also build HUD-code manufactured homes,” says Jay Hamilton, executive director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association.

A lot of them build both products on the same assembly line,” he says. “If the products were vastly different, you could never get away with that.”

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Flight and Fight: MHC Residents Making Choices

April 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, residents at the now city- owned Midfield Mobile Home Park are heading towards the end of a three year journey – that concludes with the community closing down.

It’s very depressing. I don’t want to see it,” said resident Cindy MacDonald, who also shared that she can hear demolition crews tearing down her neighbors’ homes.

According to the Calgary Sun, six months before the community is scheduled to be shuttered, it now looks like a ghost town, as residents are moving out.

Nearly half of the trailer [sic] pads in the 183-pad park [sic] are today vacant,” said Doug Cassidy, director of real estate and development services for the city.

We continue to work with residents to facilitate where we can. Many of the residents have worked independently, in terms of either moving their units or making plans to move otherwise.

While Cassidy is confident all 183 spots in the community will be empty by the end of September, some longtime residents have said they have no plans to move from the community, which is central to key services.

There are people that are going to fight to the bitter end,” said MacDonald.

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Midfield, identified by red marker. Credit: Google.

Beginning in May 2014, residents of the Midfield community received letters stating that the community would close on September 30, 2017, because aging water and sewer pipes were unsalvageable.

They were told by the Calgary City Council that they would be relocated to the soon-to-be-built East Hills Estates on the outskirts of the city.

Then, the council told them that wasn’t going to happen.

With few options, as many communities are full, many community residents who opted to move their homes versus demolishing them, have decided to relocate their homes outside of city limits.

The city of Calgary offered eligible residents tenants a lump-sum payment of $10,000 to leave and a maximum of $10,000 toward the costs incurred to move their factory-built home, as well as counseling services.

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All residents that have moved have received money, in accordance with the Midfield Closure Program,” said Cassidy.

The remaining residents continue to receive assistance from the city in finding a new place to live, and a housing fair is scheduled for June.

Cassidy shared that after the community closes, the city will start working to remove underground utilities and prepare the land for grading work.

The future plans for the land, which is located in a highly desirable inner-city area, have not been revealed.

Similar cases continue to play out not only in Canada and in the U.S., but also in Australia, where residents of the Wantirna Caravan Park must move as a property firm plans to build high rise towers. That story is linked here. ##

 

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MHC Community Planned

February 21st, 2017 Comments off
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A home in the Aspen Creek neighborhood in Leduc, Canada.

In Calmar, Alberta, Canada, a plan for a manufactured home community is making some progress.

According to County Market, representatives from Avillia Developments visited the Calmar council last week, in hopes of moving the town closer to approval for amendments to the Thomas Creek Area Structure Plan (ASP) and land-use bylaw to allow for a manufactured home development.

 

Avillia Developments needs these amendments to be passed in order for the ASP to accommodate our proposed 18 acre manufactured home community within the Thomas Creek development,” said Patrick Shaver, president of Avillia Developments.

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Patrick Shaver. Credit: LinkedIn.

Shaver shared that the development will be nothing like the “mobile home parks [sic]” of the past, instead, it will be very similar to the Aspen Creek neighborhood, which is home to a number of manufactured homes located in the City of Leduc.

The Thomas Creek ASP has been a number of years in the making – Avillia bought the land back in 2007, and, due to several factors, development on the land has been slow.

Challenges, including economic downturns, competition in the area, lack of confidence by builders related to the house fires in the Southbridge neighborhood, and a slow timeline of approvals were all factors that contributed to a lengthy process.

I wanted to make the presentation to council to not only put a face to the company name, but also to ensure the next steps of the plan can move forward more quickly,” said Shaver.

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A home in the Aspen Creek neighborhood in Leduc, Canada.

The Calmar Council accepted the presentation from Avillia, and noted town officials have received the applications for the amendments to the land-use bylaw and Thomas Creek ASP.

After discussion, the council voted in favor of supporting the proposal in principal, and noted that any amendments will come back to council at a later date.

Any changes will need third reading from council in order to become law. ##

 

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Killam Properties Makes Significant Moves

January 30th, 2017 Comments off
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Canada based real estate investment trust Killam Properties Inc. (TSE:KMP.UN) tells MHProNews that the company has closed on two Canadian acquisitions worth $26.2 million, including 153 apartment units in London, Ontario, and 66 units in Calgary, Alberta.

On December 22, Killam acquired a five building portfolio in London for $13.4 million, or $87,500 per unit. Killam’s London portfolio now consists of 417 total rental units.

On January 16, Killam acquired Spruce Grove Lane Apartments, its second apartment property in the city of Calgary. The 3-acre site consists of 66 townhouse-style apartments, with a purchase price of $12.8 million, or $195,000 per unit.

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Spruce Grove Lane. Credit: Rentboard CA.

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We have been monitoring the Calgary rental market over the last year and Spruce Grove Lane Apartments, located in a sought-after residential neighborhood, has great upside. We have the opportunity to add value and grow net operating income at this property.

The acquisitions bring the company’s total for 2016 to $70 million, which exceeds management’s goal of $50 million in acquisitions for the year.

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Killam also received recommendations from rating agencies recently, with an average recommendation of “buy,” from TD Securities and “sector perform” from Scotiabank. That story is linked here.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, in addition to multifamily apartments, Killam owns 35 manufactured home communities in Atlantic Canada and Ontario.

Killam is also one of the manufactured home industry stocks monitored each business day on the MH Industry’s leading professional news resource, the Daily Business News, on MHProNews. For the recent closing numbers yesterday on all MH industry-connected tracked stocks, please click here. ##

 

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Does New Bylaw Discriminate Against Manufactured Homes?

January 27th, 2017 Comments off
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North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the Town Administration of Sylvan Lake was looking for clarification from the town council on recent changes to a land use bylaw for manufactured and modular homes.

And it received a very interesting answer.

 

It appears the bylaw is designed to stop manufactured or modular homes 10 years or older from being in any subdivision.

According to Sylvan Lake News, the previous law stated that manufactured and modular home designs had to be a minimum width of 4.9 meters (16 feet).

In their response to town administration, the council clarified that the new bylaw states that in the case of so called “newer subdivisions” that were developed, constructed and registered in 2016, or that will be developed in future years, all manufactured and modular homes in those subdivisions would have to be a minimum width of 6.1 meters (20 feet). Additionally, all homes placed in the new subdivision could not be any older than 10 years as of the date of an approved development permit and/or as of the date of an approved building permit.

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Sylvan Lake, identified by red marker. Credit: Google.

With subdivisions developed, constructed and registered prior to 2016, so called “mature subdivisions,” all manufactured and modular homes in those subdivisions would have to be a minimum width of 4.9 meters (16 feet). Further, all homes placed in the new subdivision could not be any older than 10 years as of the date of an approved development permit and/or as of the date of an approved building permit.

The bylaw also states that in mature subdivisions, manufactured and modular homes “shall be similar and consistent with the character of the area.

Sylvan Lake isn’t the only town in the area that has taken a look into their land use bylaws for manufactured housing.

In nearby Eckville, a bylaw that would dictate new manufactured homes moving into the town was discussed in September.

The proposed bylaw would move the current maximum length from 22 feet down to 20 feet to allow for more portability, and would also increase the maximum age of a new home to 10 years old, up from 5 years old as stated in the original bylaw.

The Eckville council said that it was important to ensure the bylaw was proper, as there was much debate on the dimensions and the quality of manufactured homes built before 2003. A decision is still pending. ##

 

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Local Developer Says MH Community Hurts Property Value

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
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North of the border, in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, in what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a housing developer is not pleased about a planned manufactured home community.

According to the Mayerthorpe Freelancer, local housing developer Tim Rosadiuk criticized Mayerthorpe’s new manufactured housing subdivision and said there is a lack of good places to build in town.

Rosadiuk, president of Cozifoam Roof Armour Systems, made a presentation to the town’s policies and priorities committee meeting on Jan. 16. In that presentation, he said the town was wrong to create a new manufactured housing subdivision on the former site of Ellis Granley Park.

The town needs to generate more tax revenue in order to improve services, be able to pave more roads, encourage population growth and density,” said Rosadiuk.

I would see that it offers up to a 30 to 50 per cent tax revenue possibility than manufactured homes for the same unit area of building space.

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Tim Rosadiuk. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

Rosadiuk also said it was hard to find places in town to develop site-built homes that do not have surroundings that would diminish the value of the property.

I was discouraged to hear that this property is being developed as more manufactured housing,” said Rosadiuk.

If I choose to build a new house in town, I am hard pressed to find a place where the surroundings won’t diminish the resale value of my new property.

After the meeting, Mayerthorpe Mayor Kate Patrick defended the decision on the manufactured home community, sighting the location.

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Mayor Kate Patrick. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

We like to keep the manufactured housing subdivisions in areas where they’re not spot zoning into regular housing areas,” said Patrick.

That area was conducive to the manufactured housings that surround it.

Patrick mentioned that development in the new subdivision is making progress with developers and they are expressing interest, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

She added that Mayerthorpe was going to look into the concerns from Rosadiuk.

We’re in the process of reviewing our land use bylaw and some of the concerns that he brought up will be addressed in the new land use bylaw,” said Patrick.

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The Daily Business News covered the controversy in Mayerthorpe recently, and also here in the U.S., where in Aiken, South Carolina, Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance. ##

 

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NPR, MHAction memo, Cities Raise Fees, Close Manufactured Home Communities too

January 9th, 2017 Comments off
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The Daily Business News has provided in-depth coverage of the reaction to the National Public Radio (NPR) broadcast and story Mobile Home Park Owners Can Spoil An Affordable American Dream, and the attack on investor owned communities by MHAction.

The ongoing response from the industry’s professionals is to keep pointing to facts – versus private agendas – that have shown that exaggerations about manufactured homes and the community sectors of the industry are alive and well.

As commentary on Industry Voices (see examples, linked here and here) has reflected, the industry’s professionals do not believe in protecting bad actors.

With all the noise around media-driven misconceptions, it’s often overlooked by groups like NPR and MHAction that even cities and towns shut down communities, or do other things that they blame private investors for doing.

A recent example is found in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The city has plans in place to close a manufactured home community that has been around for over 45 years, Midfield Mobile Home Park.

They treat us like trailer trash,” said long-time resident Rudy Prediger, referencing the City of Calgary’s stewardship of the property.

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Rudy Prediger. Credit: Calgary Herald.

They made promises then broke them, they treated us with disrespect,” says Prediger, speaking of the city’s management.

I have a legal right to protect my property and that’s what I’m going to do.

Prediger speaks to a story that plays itself out repeatedly. Not just in manufactured communities, but in also in aging residential and commercial properties and apartment communities as well.

Per the Calgary Herald, the issues at Midfield began back to 2010, when their city council decided that repairing the park’s infrastructure, which included its aging sewer and water system, was too costly.

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A Google search on this date for apartments being redeveloped yielded over 40,000 possible hits. Conventional housing and commercial properties are also the subject of redevelopment, for the kinds of reasons cited by GMHA’s Jay Hamilton, below.

During that year, notices went out to the homeowners to inform them the community would close down in 2012.

Residents were told that they could move to land the city had purchased for a new community, and would be given a moving allowance to do so.

In 2014, plans for the new “mobile park” — all other existing ones in the city were full — were scuttled. Residents then received notice of Midfield’s official 2017 closure, along with a list of resources, which included contact info for such agencies as the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the Mustard Seed, according to the Herald.

Up to $20,000 in buyouts, along with counseling, was offered to each of the 173 owners.

Midfield sits on what’s considered to be “prime inner-city land” in Calgary.

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Aerial view of Midfield. Credit: Calgary Herald.

What often happens in these instances is that private and public community owners find themselves in “lose-lose” situations – which Jay Hamilton, Executive Director of the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA) – described a few weeks ago.

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

One of the biggest reasons that a Manufactured Home Community Owner sells his property is that over time property taxes increase four and five-fold.  But the owner can’t economically escalate the lot rent quick enough to keep up.  Or the resident could not afford to live there if they did,” said Hamilton.

As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments – property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.

As this scenario continues to play out in the U.S. and Canada, the thoughts shared by ROC USA President Paul Bradley are relevant.

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Paul Bradley. Credit: Fosters.

How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities?” Bradley questioned.

It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

Bradley said, “One way to address this is to segment true homeownership land lease communities and differentiate it from traditional ‘parks’ where closure remains a risk, not a certainty but a risk.

NPR’s Latest anti-Investor Owned Community Salvo 

In their latest broadcast and published article dubbed “With Few Legal Protections, Nashville Mobile Home Park Residents At Risk Of Losing It All,” (see their article, linked here), NPR paints a radically different picture than what the USA Today network affiliate, The Tennessean did less than a month ago (see that article, linked here).

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Independent community operations manager Tom Fath pointed out numerous errors in NPR’s previous reports, and told MHProNews of the problems that such mainstream media stories cause.

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Sam Landy, REIT.com. To see an exclusive interview with Landy, click here.

UMH President and CEO Sam Landy told the Daily Business News that, “UMH has improved the lives of well over 1,000 manufactured home residents in the Nashville area. We have significantly upgraded communities. Our residents overwhelmingly support the companies actions.” Landy said his firm is preparing a detailed response to the NPR article about their Nashville locations.

The Daily Business News will continue to follow NPR, MHAction and similar cases of closely. The full commentary from Jay Hamilton is linked here. Commentary from Paul Bradley is linked here. ##

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Retrospect – Top Story Canadian Story, 2016 – Wildfires and Factory-Built Homes

December 22nd, 2016 Comments off
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In a story that periodically topped the Daily Business News headlines, the Fort McMurray wildfires in Alberta, Canada, forced the evacuation of 90,000 residents and destroyed ten percent of the city.

In addition to the challenges presented by the fire itself, another concern was around the oil pipelines and production.

While Fort McMurray Mayor Melissa Blake said the first priority was to get temporary modular housing so the shuttered oil companies can get back to pumping one million barrels of oil per day, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said officials have to complete their assessments of the damage, set up transportation, and secure food and supplies before people can return.

There are hazardous materials and broken power lines. Basic services, gas, water, waste disposal, healthcare and much more needs to be re-established,” said Notley.

According to 570 News, the Fort McMurray wildfires were Canada’s news story of the year, and a timeline of how the events unfolded has been compiled.

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From the start of the fire on May 1st, the situation escalated until normal atmospheric conditions broke, causing an inversion which in turn caused the fire to spread rapidly.

Air quality continued to deteriorate towards the middle of May, until firefighters gained an upper hand towards the end of the month. The first evacuees began to return home on June 1st and the fire being brought under control on July 4th.

The Fort McMurray fire is reported to be the costliest disaster in Canadian history for insurers, with estimated total costs of $3.6 billion.

Daily Business News coverage from Matthew J. Silver is linked here, and here. ##

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Contractor in Fight Over Tiny Home

December 8th, 2016 Comments off
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Gregg Taylor, the Alberta, Canada based owner of GHT Contracting constructed the home of his dreams.

And the county he is in told him he had to get rid of it, or face a fine.

Although I’ve been a contractor for my entire adult life, I’ve never built a house that I’ve lived in,” said Taylor.

CJOB reports that the tiny home cost Taylor $15,000 to construct and includes a four foot balcony, two sleeping walls, a full bathroom and a kitchen.  Pretty good when you consider it’s only 20 feet long.

You can tow it on a half-ton truck,” said Taylor. With this economic downturn we’ve experienced here, I decided I’m going to do it.

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Gregg Taylor. Credit: Houzz.

Rocky View County has told him if he doesn’t move the home he’ll be slapped with a $1500 fine.

Taylor has the home set up on five acres, but there are no services, which is the problem.

You have to remember this is a rural community; what are you going to do with water and waste water?” said Grant Kaiser, spokesperson for Rocky View County.

If you don’t have a municipal address how are we going to find you when you need the fire department or police department.

The county contends that the home does not meet the proper requirements.

The bottom line is the house simply appeared on the roadside with a large banner on it promoting a construction company,” said Kaiser. “Neighbors objected to the home being there and called it in. This from our perspective has less to do with a tiny home and more to do with advertising, or perhaps to do with a mobile home.

Kaiser also mentioned that plumbing sanitation was also a big concern, but Taylor says there are non-traditional solutions to that problem.

There’s composting toilets, there’s incinerating toilets. You can just use a regular toilet and use a stow and go,” said Taylor. “I’m working on a system right now of recycling my shower water… I recycle my sink water.

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Inside Taylor’s tiny home. Credit: GHT.

Kaiser had some advice for Taylor for getting what he wants done.

If he’s looking to build a real tiny home in Rocky View County, simply apply for a development permit and follow the process through,” said Kaiser.

If he’s looking to have a mobile tiny home in Rocky View County then he has to do one of two things; he has to actually find a place that allows for that, or he has to find a property that already has an existing permanent residence on it so that the mobile tiny home can take advantage of the water source, the waste water, the municipal addressing for emergency services.

The Daily Business News has covered the “tiny home” trend for years, including a Missouri based nonprofit that plans to use tiny homes to help the disabled and chronically homeless. MHLivingNews has compared tiny houses to manufactured homes, at this link here. ##

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Modular Helping to Solve Affordable Housing Challenges

November 1st, 2016 Comments off
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Westgate Manor groundbreaking. Credit: REMI Network.

Two Alberta, Canada based companies are teaming up to create a modular solution to affordable housing.

According to reminetwork, Edmonton-based Step Ahead Properties and Calgary-based Ladacor Advanced Modular Systems have launched construction on their new modular apartment, an affordable housing development at Westgate Manor in Glenwood.

The development will be the first of its kind in the area to use repurposed shipping containers as part of modular building technology.

Using this modular building approach offers numerous benefits over conventional construction,” said AJ Slivinski, owner of Step Ahead Properties.

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AJ Slivinski. Credit: LinkedIn.

There is a faster schedule, and off-site construction will mean less disruption to the existing tenants and surrounding neighbors. The steel building is non-combustible, which is far safer and more durable for rental housing, and lastly the modular construction gives a far better sound insulation between the suites, making them much quieter for the residents.

Ladacor will fabricate the shipping containers into factory-finished modules that will be transported to the site and then craned into place.

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Joseph Kiss. Credit: LinkedIn.

Our Advanced Modular System technology uses repurposed shipping containers as an integral part of a highly engineered, building code and CSA standard compliant modular system for multi-story buildings,” said Ladacor president Joseph Kiss.

The one-trip shipping containers that we use enable us to provide a high quality steel, non-combustible building that is cost-effective, with a fast-tracked schedule. When the project is complete, it will be indistinguishable from a conventional building.

The new complex will be a mix of one and two bedroom units with in-unit laundry and private patios. According to reminetwork, the Ladacor technology has already been used successfully for various projects, including a four-story hotel in Bruderheim, located northeast of Edmonton.

The Westgate Manor project has a building-permit in place with construction ready to begin, and occupancy scheduled for summer 2017.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, we have covered the affordable housing movement throughout Canada recently, including Vancouver’s plans to tackle their homeless crisis here. ##

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