Posts Tagged ‘Minot ND’

Modular Mixed with Stick-built

March 18th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from grandforksherald Genco Bakken Development is planning 200 affordable housing units in Grand Forks, ND in the northeast corner of the state. Genco finalized the purchased of 71 lots, named Thames Court, from the Grand Forks Housing Authority this month and intends to begin as soon as the ground thaws. The development will be a mix of modular homes from Champion Homes and stick-built, with 10 single-family, 16 twin, and 45 townhome lots. Single-family homes will range from $140,000 to $230,000. Genco previously built similar developments in Williston and Minot, ND nearer the oil fields where the demand for housing is very strong.

(Photo credit: Champion Homes–modular)

3,000 Modular Homes set for Minot, ND

September 20th, 2012 1 comment

prairiebizmag reports from Minot, North Dakota, this city hard hit by the disastrous flooding of the Souris River in late June 2011 will now see the beginning of 3,000 modular residential units rise on 323 acres. Champion Home Builders, Inc., in partnership with Genco Bakken Development Group LLC, has broken ground on the $400 million development, termed Northern Lights, that will include single-family and town homes as well as apartments, schools, and commercial and entertainment space. The first neighborhood, Idlewild, will have 248 single-family ranch style and two-story homes; Statesboro will be comprised of 250 one and two-story modular town homes. Ranging from 1,450 to 2,200 square feet for the single family homes and 1,350 to 1,500 square feet for the town homes, each unit will feature energy efficient appliances and high efficiency insulation and heating systems. These two neighborhoods will have homes finished by November. Champion Home Builders CEO Jack Lawless said, “To be part of the first master planned development in Minot, and to assist the existing community in its growth and development while it welcomes its newest residents is a tremendous privilege.” As MHProNews has learned, the full modular development is slated for four to five years out.

(Photo credit: Champion Home Builders, Inc.)

MH Profits from Mix of Oil and Water

August 3rd, 2012 Comments off

FYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota says the combination of the Souris River flooding in Minot, ND last year and the ongoing oil boom in western ND is creating a huge demand for manufactured and modular housing from Minot to Williston and the surrounding area, especially since contractors are so busy. Mike Jensen, sales manager of Iseman Homes in Minot, says, “We’ve added sales people on staff here, we’ve added delivery crews and we’re doing everything we can to keep up.” At one time manufacturers would not allow changes to factory-built homes, but now he says as long as it fits in the space the producer will customize the plans. Ronald Johnson, who lost his home to the flood, says some people could not afford the real estate and the house so they turned to factory-built housing. As MHProNews noted in a story published June 12, 2012, the Federal Emergency Management Agency brought in over 2000 temporary homes following the flood.

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In Western North Dakota, Finding Housing is the Challenge

July 31st, 2012 Comments off

Yahoo! Finance reports while most of the U.S. is still reeling from the effects of the housing downturn, the shortage of housing in western North Dakota is so great due to the Bakken Formation oil fields, the challenge is often finding a place to live. An 1,800 square foot house in 2002 in Williston cost around $80,000. A 2,000 square foot house built in 1978 now lists for $327,000. The Williston Board of Realtors says the average price of a single-family home three years ago that was $129,183 has now jumped to $227,274. Supportive services are similarly suffering: The best time to schedule an oil change for your car is while you are having one done. The housing shortage in nearby Minot, ND was compounded by the Souris River flooding in 2011 (as we wrote about in an earlier edition) that brought in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) housing for the 4,100 homes that were destroyed, displacing thousands of residents. Since 2008 the average price for a single-family home has doubled. MHProNews has learned in addition to the 2000 homes set to be completed in Minot by year’s end, numerous apartments and hotels are also underway.

(Photo credit: Alana Semeuls/LATimes–Watford City, ND man camp)

FEMA Homes in ND Still Occupied

June 12th, 2012 Comments off

Following the 2011 flooding of the Souris River in North Dakota, NorthDakotaRealEstateRama says the acute housing shortage due to the oil boom led to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) bringing in over 2000 manufactured homes to house the survivors. Often after a catastrophe FEMA will locate rental housing/motels for survivors. Roughly 1000 homes were sited at or near existing homesites that could be repaired, 250 were placed in existing MHCs, and 750 of the manufactured homes formed what has become three communities developed by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) that tied in to existing infrastructure, and continue to house survivors. De Sour Valley Heights connected to the city of Burlington, while Virgil Workman Village and Recovery Village tied in to Minot, ND’s electrical and water systems. has learned in many instances ACE had to clear debris from the flooding before establishing infrastructure connections and launching the siting of MHCs.

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Expanding Systems Builder had Tom Cruise as client? Yup.

August 8th, 2011 2 comments

Stock photo: Wikimedia Commons - posted on Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management - - MinotDailyNews reports that K.C. and Cayttie Heister of Kopper Creek Building opened a facility near the North Central Research Extension Center. Kopper Creek is a factory systems builder, with locations in Montrose, CO and Nebraska. “We build anything from residential housing up to hotels, motels, restaurants,” Cayttie said. “Any type of building that you’re looking for, we do.” They have built a McDonald’s and can build up to four stories tall. “Basically the strong point is getting a better house faster and less expensive,” K.C. said. By purchasing directly from suppliers in volume, they can save both time and costs. The firm used a comparison to an on-site home, they built one in factory for $33,000 less and 6 months savings in time. “And we still site-build. We’re building a big, Victorian home, we do both,” Cayttie added. “But we only do that (site-build) where they require us to.” “There’s really not as much building that goes on outside anymore, it’s assembly. If you are a builder, you don’t cut roofs very much anymore, you order trusses. And then the trusses come in as a component,” K.C. continued. “You buy a prehung door, you buy premade cabinets. You’re not out in the field making your cabinets anymore.” Cayttie said the attraction to Minot was the local economy. In CO, they built in high-end areas for clients that included Goldie Hawn and Tom Cruise.

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(Correction: Cayttie Heister contacted us to clarify that their company did not build Tom Cruise’s or Goldie Hawn’s homes.  While they did build for very upscale clients, these two were not among them, but rather their firm built systems built homes in the same upscale area where those star’s homes are found. regrets the misunderstanding and miscommunication.)