Posts Tagged ‘housing development’

Spec Manufactured Home Put on Hold

February 1st, 2016 Comments off

manuf homes liberty_homes__mh__their_creditFollowing a story MHProNews published Jan. 25, 2016 regarding the siting of a spec home in Crookston, Minnesota by Homark Homes, the Crookston City Council has, at least temporarily, pulled the plug on the proposal. As the grandforksherald reported, the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority had earlier approved the promotion, which would site a Homark MH in a housing development.

Some Council members were unsure of several provisions in the plan. ##

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Company Moved from Single Modular Homes to Housing Developments

October 4th, 2013 Comments off

M SPACE Holdings LLC formed in 2001 to provide emergency modular housing for catastrophic events, but has since branched into building up-scale and workforce modular housing, especially in the Williston Bakken oil and gas development in North Dakota. The company currently has seven developments located across six different locations, and in Watford City, ND is building 200 modular townhomes and 200 single-family homes as permanent residences. In addition to a 5,500 square foot modular classroom complex for Williams County schools, M SPACE now acquires and develops land for homes. As the informs MHProNews, the company is completing an energy park that will include commercial and light industrial buildings.

(Photo credit: Associated Press/modular workforce housing, Watford City, ND)

Restrictive Zoning of Manufactured Homes may be Lifted

September 26th, 2013 Comments off

Current zoning laws in Midland, Texas prevent updated manufactured housing (MH) from replacing dilapidated factory-built homes because the zoning has been changed since the homes were sited. 1F3 zoning in certain areas only allows for stick-built homes in certain areas. As tells MHProNews, the city says up to 28 homes have been placed outside of zoning compliance. “There really is a sense of harshness that traps citizens, who can’t afford to build a stick home but want to upgrade,” said City Council Member John Love. The city is now contemplating changing the zoning to a Planned District Housing Development which would allow modular homes up to ten years old to be sited.

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First Modular Housing Development in Downtown Seattle

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

A seven-and-a-half story modular apartment building with 49 apartments in downtown Seattle, Washington will be move-in ready in four months. Real estate developer Daly Partners LLC has begun leasing the 3,000 square feet of ground level retail space for “N” Habit: Belltown, located in the Belltown area, the city’s first down modular development. Ranging from 422 to 752 in square feet, the company is also introducing the Abodian Wall, a minimalist multi-functional living space separated by a partition into a bedroom with a fold-away Murphy Bed on one side to a combination study/dining/kitchen on the other. The 11” thick walls provide energy and noise insulation from neighbors, and most units have private terraces and balconies, says, noting “N” Habit: Belltown is a bustling pedestrian and bicycling neighborhood in Seattle. MHProNews has learned the modules are being produced by OneBuild in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

(Image credit: Stricker Cato Murphy Architects–Seattle modular apartment building)

199 Unit Modular Building Breaks Up the Skyline Down Under

July 8th, 2013 Comments off

Sustainable design is woven into the Nicholson modular housing development in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. Combining 110 privately owned units with 89 affordable rental dwellings, the offset building height of the

stacked modules provides access to light and

views, and maximizes winter sun and cross ventilation. The greenery in the shared courtyard is fed by greywater cachement, and water for the modular units is heated by solar panels. The 33,500 square foot apartments sit atop 5,890 square feet of retail and commercial space, as MHProNews has learned from archdaily in southeastern Australia near Melbourne. Architects at Designinc designed the $88 million project.

(Photo credits: The Nicholson, top: Tony Miller/archdaily; bottom, Dianna Snape/archdaily)

Modular Housing Development Planned for United Kingdom

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

The Spinelock Group in Mansfield, England is planning its first development of 18 energy efficient, modular homes in the central part of the country. Each home is comprised of four modules and when finished will be 30 percent larger than neighboring houses, bright, airy and spacious with energy bills below $200 annually, an estimated savings of $650 a year. The modules lock together using an innovative locking mechanism and are designed to be low maintenance, according to what tells MHProNews. CEO Derick Wilson of Spinelock, says, “The UK housing industry is facing two major challenges over the next few years – to deliver enough affordable, quality housing to accommodate a growing population and to reduce carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050, all in the midst of an economic crisis. We want to revolutionise the UK housing industry and demonstrate that innovative thinking, new technology and working closely with local authorities, businesses and communities can provide a practical solution to the UK housing crisis.”

(Photo credit: constructiondigital–United Kingdom)

School District may Lease Homesites in Manufactured Housing Community

June 19th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews posted June 12, 2013 regarding manufactured homes for teachers in housing-strapped Midland, Tex., the Midland Independent School District (MISD) trustees authorized up to $3.5 million to create a 70-unit temporary housing development. While the trustees originally thought they would have to develop infrastructure for the new manufactured homes, the owners of the recently renovated Stonegate Mobile Home Park contacted Superintendent Ryan Warren about leasing up to 100 home sites in the community that is currently vacant. If it is less expensive to site the homes in Stonegate, which already has utility hook-ups, as opposed to developing MISD property, the trustees may contract with the manufactured home community. MISD originally thought rent of $500 a month would be sufficient to recoup the expenditure of $32,000 per unit, but have now upped that figure to $750 a month. As mywettexas reports, with the buy-back option on the homes at 40-50 percent, the MISD hopes to regain their outlay in four years.

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Affordable Modular Homes Available; Applicants’ Credit Lacking

June 17th, 2013 1 comment

The North East Community Action Agency (NECAC) in Hannibal, MO has joined the Next Step Network which gives them the opportunity to buy modular homes from Clayton Homes at 10-15 percent below market price. The goal is to provide low cost housing for people of modest means. Carla Potts, NECAC’s deputy director for housing development, says the homes range in price from $115,000 to $151,000 including delivery to the site, and are highly energy efficient. However, no one in the targeted community has been able to qualify for a mortgage to purchase a modular home since the program began earlier this year. As MHProNews has learned from, while this is an ongoing project with no timeline, there is a shortage of available lots conducive to a modular home, and some subdivisions have restrictions that do not allow modular homes.

(Photo credit: National Association of Home Builders–modular home under construction))

Mini Modular Apartments have Maximum Storage

March 26th, 2013 Comments off

According to EarthTechling, Panoramic Interests is developing a LEED Platinum, 23 modular- unit housing development in a building in San Francisco with solar water heating, low flow faucets, water cachement and other green features packed into 295 square foot units with natural light and ventilation. The 16 modules were built by Zeta Communities, and while they resemble a hotel room, they have full size refrigerators and storage that go to the top of the nine-foot ceilings. In one model a dining set appears once the queen-size Murphy bed is stored away; another model has twin beds, but both have a window seat that converts to a guest bed and then to a table for three. MHProNews has learned the modular units rent for $1600 a month, well below the going rate for studio apartments in San Francisco.

(Photo credit: EarthTechling/Panoramic Interests)

Modular Housing for Native Americans

February 14th, 2013 Comments off

RedLakeNationNews informs MHProNews the first modular housing development in Portland, Ore. opened move-in ready to fanfare Wed., Feb. 13. Commissioner Nick Fish greeted those gathered at the opening ceremony of Kah San Chako Haws (East House in Chinook), a LEED Gold-certified energy-efficient modular apartment complex. Since Native Americans living in poverty are reluctant to use public housing and tenant vouchers, the project is a step in addressing that problem in their community. The nine-unit complex is comprised of three studio apartments, three one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. Total time for design through financing and construction was 13 months, as compared to the 18-24 months site-built construction would have required. Collaboration for the section 8 modular housing included the Native American Youth and Family Center, the Portland Housing Bureau, Meyer Memorial Trust, State Housing and Community Services, and Capital Pacific Bank.

(Photo credit: Global Deployable Housing, LLC)