Posts Tagged ‘community spaces’

EPA Grants to include HUD and MOD

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

MountainExpress informs MHProNews the U. S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is urging communities to apply for EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program that will explore innovative strategies in four categories to develop healthier and more sustainable places to live, work and play. The goal is to develop solutions to meet local challenges. One of the categories eligible for funding deals with helping manufactured and modular housing communities that are experiencing sudden growth develop mixed uses regarding community spaces, water and energy efficiency, and how best to utilize existing infrastructure and streets. In the past the SGIA has dealt with stormwater management, code revision, affordable housing, transportation development, corridor planning, green technology, and climate change. Local, regional, tribal, and state governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

(Photo credit: Jill Schramm/Minot Daily News–Minot, ND manufactured housing)

Modular Housing Rises for Homeless in LA

December 12th, 2012 Comments off

mmaltzan reports the Skid Row Housing Trust in Los Angeles is adding 102 modular housing units for homeless persons to an existing single-story building, called the Star Apartments at Sixth and Maple. The mixed use building, designed by architect Michael Maltzan, encompasses 95,000 square feet and will have retail on the ground floor, community spaces on the second floor, and modular housing floors three through six. Marking the first multi-unit residential unit employing modular techniques in LA, MHProNews has learned the energy efficiency housing is on track to be LEED Certified Gold, and will cost $19.3 million.

(Image credit: Michael Maltzan/lacurbed–rendering of modular Star Apartments)

In Light of Hurricane Sandy…

November 20th, 2012 Comments off

During the last five years New York City’s Bloomberg Administration has been developing a plan to make temporary housing quarters out of 40 foot shipping containers with a door and window at each end, a bedroom, kitchen, bath and living area in between. Each 480 square foot unit would be completely furnished including kitchenware, as well as towels and soap and toothpaste, and brought into the city and sited within days of a catastrophe. The New York Observer says modules could be stacked four-high and six to twelve wide, and alterations could be made for larger families. Retail and community spaces would be on the ground floor. Container-modification company Sea Box of New Jersey has developed a prototype, although no contract has been signed. Each modular unit is estimated to cost $50,000 to $80,000. MHProNews has learned the city hopes FEMA will pick up a goodly portion of the tab and and then allow the agency to use the housing when needed elsewhere.

(Photo credit: Ron Medvescek/Arizona Daily Star–shipping container house)