Posts Tagged ‘Joplin Missouri’

Lustron House Protected by Joplin, Missouri

August 5th, 2014 Comments off

lustron_house__wikipedia BFDhDWhile the Joplin, Missouri City Council continues to let contracts for onging infrastructure rebuild as the result of the horrific destruction of the May 22, 2011 tornado that took 158 lives, it also voted unanimously to approve historic designation for a Lustron house in the city. The metal-paneled modular homes were built following WWII in an attempt to mass produce homes, but the company closed its doors in 1951 after building 3,000 of the structures, primarily in the Midwest, as reports. City Planner Matt Wright said once it’s so designated, any changes to the exterior of the home would have to be approved by the Historic Preservation Commission, as MHProNews has learned. ##

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Positive Housing News in VA

December 31st, 2012 Comments off

In its wrap-up of good deed events in Franklin County, Vir. for 2012, The Franklin News Post reports two of the stories are housing related. In Jan. 2012, Ply Gem Inc. in Rocky Mount donated the exteriors to seven new homes that were featured on ABC TV’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In that episode, seven homes were built in seven days in Joplin, Missouri where the tragic tornado of May 22, 2011 wreaked death and destruction. In addition to the $330,000 value of the materials, Ply Gem sent 50 associates to the site to assist in the project, some from the Rocky Mount facility. The second event, as MHProNews reported Dec. 17, 2012, was the contract with Cavco Homes, Inc.’s plant in Rocky Mount to provide 30 manufactured homes for a foundation named in honor of a fireman who died at the Twin Towers on 9-11. Fifteen of the homes shipped before Christmas to New Milford, Conn. to house Staten Island, NY survivors of Hurricane Sandy who were willing to relocate and have a free place to live. Cavco discounted the homes by $300,000.

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Modular Hospital Replaces Tornado Damaged Facility

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

The deadly tornado that killed 161 people as it ripped through Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 all but demolished St. Johns Regional Medical Center, breaking every window in the nine-story building and pushing it several inches off its foundation. While over 300 people continue to live in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) homes, mostly by the airport in communities established by FEMA, 65 percent of the 7,500 homes destroyed or damaged by the tornado have been replaced or repaired. St. Johns has been renamed Mercy Hospital, and is now a 150,000 square foot modular building that will be used until 2015 when a 300-bed hospital will be built on the edge of town. The United Arab Emirates has donated $5 million for a pediatric and neonatal intensive care wing. TulsaWorld tells over 130,000 volunteers have worked almost 810,500 hours in the aftermath of the storm.

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Modular Hospital Built Quickly

April 19th, 2012 Comments off

California’s MyMotherLode informs an Angels Camp, CA company helped replace a hospital that was destroyed during the May 22, 2011 F5 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, killing 161 people. Aspen Street Architects assisted in the design of the 150,000 square foot modular building composed of 224 structural steel components, taking only 8.5 months to complete. It is the largest and mostly quickly constructed acute care hospital in the nation. According to John Farnen, Mercy Hospital’s executive director of planning, design and construction, “The steel construction modular hospital is 30 percent stronger than Mercy’s previous facility in Joplin and has glass ratings that can withstand winds up to 200 mph, which exceeds building code requirements.”

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Joplin Rebuilds but with Some Aggravation

March 27th, 2012 Comments off

StLToday says the Joplin Globe reports some homeowners in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri are up in arms because modular homes are being sited next to more expensive houses. In one case a Habitat for Humanity low-income home was built across from a $280,000 house, and a modular home of lesser value went in next door. Residents of one neighborhood complained to the Planning and Zoning Board, but in some of the older neighborhoods there are restrictions only on manufactured housing, not modular homes, so there is no zoning issue to be resolved. Noting that people just want to regain their lives on their own lots, Darin Luebbering of Advance Systems Homes Inc., in Chanute, Kan. says, “If somebody had premium insurance to build back, they deserve to have that $250,000 to $300,000 house because of what they have gone through. Where the next-door neighbor can only afford $110,000, well, they deserve to have their life back together too.” Mayor Mike Woolston agrees: “”I don’t think people want the city to tell them what size and style of house they should build.”

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Bid Online for FEMA Home

February 24th, 2012 Comments off

OzarksFirst tells the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun selling some of the temporary manufactured housing units brought to Joplin, Missouri following the deadly hurricane that struck May 22, 2011. 586 total homes have been brought to Joplin, 470 of which remain occupied. Residents have 18 months to live at no cost. The government chose to sell the used units rather than paying to have them shipped to a staging area and revamped. The unused ones will return to FEMA awaiting the next need. Russ Edmonston of FEMA says the goal is to move everyone out of the temporary units ahead of the November deadline. “It’s a very good story. People are using our units, and moving on to permanent housing,” he says. All of the manufactured homes are sold “as is”, and some may have a few furnishings. 38 have been sold so far. To bid, go to

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Modular Homes Prompt Concern

January 9th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on an article we ran Nov. 21, 2011 about the May 22 tornado that wiped out one-third of Joplin, Missouri’s housing, KOAMTV tells some residents are up in arms about three modular homes moving into a neighborhood of traditional homes. The neighbors are concerned the units, built by Clayton Homes, will undermine property values. Noting the city approved the permit for the units in November, Joplin’s Assistant Public Works Director Jack Schaller says, “Pursuant to our code, they’re allowable housing structures to go in there.” Carl Hill, Director of Marketing for Clayton, says there is no evidence that modular homes reduce nearby property values. City officials have assured residents periodic inspections will guarantee compliance with city codes.

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Joplin Housing Tornado Survivors, Rebuilding Homes

November 21st, 2011 Comments off

JoplinGlobe reports since the devastating tornado of May 22 took out one third of Joplin, Missouri’s housing, as of Nov. 16, 559 households are being served through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This includes the 24 acres of meadowland sited with 375 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manufactured homes, numbering 1,000 to 1,500 residents, which is estimated to be Jasper County’s fourth-largest city. The temporary communities, known as Officer Jeff Taylor Memorial Acres and Hope Haven 1 and 2, were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Missouri National Guard under FEMA contract. Another MHC set of 141 manufactured homes named Fountain Road Village and Country Acres is not far away. Other displaced persons are in apartments and rental homes. The tornado killed 159 people and injured over 1,000, and officials estimate 7,500 housing units were damaged or destroyed. As of Nov. 11, 3,600 building permits have been issued for repairs and rebuilds.

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FEMA Chief Returns to Joplin

November 4th, 2011 Comments off

JoplinGlobe reports Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief William Fugate returned to Joplin for the first time since the five days he spent following the EF-5 twister that leveled a central city area May 22. The area has received $181.5 million in FEMA assistance for housing and temporary schools, fire stations, hospitals, and other essential public buildings. Of the 586 households eligible for emergency housing, 569 of those have been placed. 375 families live in three temporary manufactured housing communities established after the tornado; 141 others live in FEMA homes in existing communities. Fugate is working with area government officials to document claims for reimbursement from FEMA for permanent construction, and to discuss the construction of permanent public buildings set to begin next fall. “Coming in today, there are very few signs something has happened until you get to the tornado zone,” he said. After touring the area, Fugate stood on a high point near the destroyed St. John’s Hospital and said, “It’s progress. The scars are still there and are going to be there for a long time. But it’s come a long way.”

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Volunteers Build Modular House for Tornado Survivors

October 10th, 2011 Comments off

WSILTV in Pinckneyville, Illinois, reports 300 volunteers turned out at Contempri Industries, Inc. in Pinckneyville to help build a modular house for Joplin, Missouri, residents devastated by the May 22 EF-5 tornado that destroyed 7,000 homes. Some of the workers came up from Joplin to lend a hand. Part of ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition that is constructing seven homes in seven days, the planned thirty-six hour marathon to build the first house only took 24 hours before the house was 80 percent complete, wrapped and ready for shipment to Joplin. Most of the volunteers had no previous construction experience, but all had the opportunity to sign the new modular home and wish the new residents good luck. Pinckneyville City Commissioner David Stone says he is pleased with his town’s support of the project. Tony Philpot, of Joplin’s Sherwood Forest Homes, says, emotion straining in his voice, “This, in comparison to the days after the tornado and constantly hearing the sirens and wondering if someone had passed or found another survivor, to today. It’s a lot of joy.”

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