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Modular Home Plan Revitalized in South Carolina

March 11th, 2015 Comments off

bluffton_sc__modular_home__wsav_tv__creditA professor of hospitality management at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, is planning on developing 1.6 acres in Bluffton, South Carolina into ten single-family modular homes targeted to young professionals who work in the Old Town area of the city. Sean Barth intends to use three modular home plans that range in size from 770 square feet to 1,600 square feet, from the Bluffton Home series.

The series was a program developed by the city’s Affordable Housing Committee to replace pre-HUD Code homes with modular units, as MHProNews reported July 2, 2014, but no developers or residents have utilized the city’s plan, according to blufftontoday. (In 2011 the city underwrote the building of three modular homes, but it took so long to sell the homes the town decided to open the door for private builders, as MHProNews noted Dec. 19,2011.)

Barth says the neighborhood will be called Tidal Cottages. He says, “I like the home series because (the modular designs), I think, are indicative of the Lowcountry, and it was always my idea to (build modular units) to save the root systems of all the beautiful trees, Barth said. When Bluffton came up with the home series and said they were going to ‘fast track’ houses, I always thought it was a good idea.

Barth visualizes a low-impact development project, utilizing bio-filtration water design with a zero discharge site for stormwater. In addition, the twenty-nine parking spaces will be on previous surfaces to prevent disruption of the root system of the major trees on the property.

Barth presented his plan to the Historic Preservation Commission, but still needs approval from the Blffton Planning Commission. “I am thinking about six months of planning, and we should be set to build, he said. ##

(Photo credit: wsavtv–modular home built by Bluffton city in 2011)

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Tony Hilton Head SC may see an MHC

August 18th, 2014 Comments off

mfg home credit  freehold real estate managementIf a local businessman has his way, upscale Hilton Head, South Carolina will see a 14-home site manufactured housing community (MHC). Enrique Lopez has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for Coastal Zone Consistency Determination, and intends to sell lots for $70,000 each. Noting a manufactured home (MH) can be purchased for $30,000 to $35,000, he anticipates consumers will buy the lots over time, adding people are paying $500 a month rent for home sites now. In July the median price of a residence in the Hilton Head area was $248,000, 17 percent below July 2013.

As blufftontoday.com reports, Mark Dillard, executive director of the Manufactured Housing Institute of South Carolina (MHISC), says it may be a challenge because most people think of the old stereotypes of 1950s and 1960s as their reference point, when in fact construction of MH has been stringently controlled by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 1976. He says the new MHCs cannot always be distinguished from site-built homes in subdivisions. As MHProNews understands, SC has 750,000 people living in 350,000 MH, about 18.2 percent of the population. ##

(Photo credit: Freehold Real Estate Management)

Affordable Housing Plan calls for 22 New Modular Homes

June 9th, 2014 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews posted May 21, 2014 regarding the city of Bluffton, South Carolina’s plan to replace aging pre-HUD Code homes with new modulars, the affordable housing committee intends to offer a final draft to the Bluffton Town Council next month. MHProNews has learned the 22 Small Home Series modular units will range from a 600 square-foot unit to a four-bedroom model with 2,000 square feet, priced from $58,000 to $84,000, according to blufftontoday.com. Those applying under the Affordable Housing Initiative must be Bluffton residents who earn no more than 120 percent of the area’s annual median income. Five of the designs were used in the Wharf Street Redevelopment Project, as we reported here Dec. 19, 2011, where the town built the homes and sold them to buyers. In this Small Home Series plan, the town will sell the land to residents or developers, so the town is not on the hook for owning the homes. Buyers would be responsible for 60 percent of the expenses and for demolishing their old dwellings. ##

(Photo credit: shutterstock.com–new modular home)