Posts Tagged ‘demolition’

Image of Modular Housing Rises in Germany

September 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Modular apartment buildings were often the norm in the communist-era of the former East Germany. With a reputation as dreary and shoddy, hundreds of thousands of the less appealing apartments were demolished by the federal government following the re-unification of East and West Germany when communism ended in November, 1989. Large-panel-system (LPS) construction, called Plattenbau (meaning a building put together from slabs) in German, comprises 55.5 percent of the apartments in the state of Saxony in east central Germany. The vacancy rate had been as high as 20 percent plus, but has dropped to eight percent due to the demolition, which has also contributed to the addition of more greenspace, parking and playgrounds for the remaining units, making them more desireable. Much like in the United States, modular housing has an image problem; but as informs MHProNews, demand is growing for the apartments among the younger set and new families, especially in larger urban areas where restaurants and taverns are burgeoning nearby.

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Measure would Restrict MH

October 9th, 2012 Comments off

The mailtribune reports from Medford, Oregon the city council is considering a request to not only protect older homes from demolition, but to preserve homes that are older than 50 years in neighborhoods where factory-built housing or apartments can be excluded. Medford State Representative Sal Esquivel, noting a manufactured house sited among older homes that has forever changed the character of the street, says the city should require new homes to bear architectural characteristics of the surrounding homes to help it blend with the neighborhood. MHProNews has learned Esquivel and Old East Medford Homeowner’s Association presented an ordinance the city of Ashland, OR had adopted as an example.

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MOD Rising in Bermuda

June 4th, 2012 Comments off

RoyalGazette reports from Bermuda a 100-unit modular housing project will replace 140 year-old United Kingdom-designed barrack style housing if the Progressive Labour Party has its way. The old units are beyond repair with termites, asbestos, leaky pipes, mould, and structural problems. The $36 million project will provide low cost housing for Dockyard, an area for people of very modest means, and includes demolition of existing units. Although a supplier was not specified to, the new modular housing will come from the U.S., but will provide 100 local jobs at the construction end. Currently, the project is a slight bone of contention between two political parties in an election year: Progressive Labour Party and One Bermuda Alliance (OBA).

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Making Dollars from Distress

March 26th, 2012 Comments off

Although it requires twice the manpower, takes three times longer, and nearly doubles the cost to deconstruct a home than demolish it, a Cleveland company, A Piece of Cleveland, and the Cleveland Institute of Art are conducting a test program to make furniture, mill work, and other items from the ceiling joists and flooring of some of the 12,000 abandoned homes in the city. Cleveland says the goal is to make the process profitable. On average 40 percent of the materials in vacant homes, most already stripped of wiring, plumbing, fixtures, and other sale-able items, are re-usable. “The theory behind deconstruction is that even though it is more expensive to do — because it is more labor intensive — that you will reclaim and salvage enough usable material and resell it, and that that income will offset the additional expense,” said Frank Ford, senior vice president for research and development at the nonprofit Neighborhood Progress Inc. (NPI). The city has received $780,000 in federal grants to subsidize the difference between demolition and deconstruction, giving jobs to many ex-cons, veterans, and other challenged job-seekers. has learned that Cleveland is one of the top ten metropolitan markets in which it makes more sense to buy a home than rent one.