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Modular Housing Suggested for 10,000 Affordable Housing Shortage

August 11th, 2016 Comments off

Idaho_Guerdon Modular Buildings_Star Apartments in Los Angeles_idahostatesman credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsWriting in idahostatesman, Jerry Brady, a business man and member of Compassionate Boise, having once “snobbishly dismissed” manufactured and modular homes as flimsy and unworthy, now realizes with a shortage of some 10,000 affordable homes in south and south-central Idaho, says, “I can’t do that any longer. If you dream as I do of home ownership for Idahoans, many of whom spend as much as half their income on shelter, we must consider building many units in one place at a low cost.” MHProNews understands these homes cannot be built on the course we are on in the housing market.

He says there were once 14 off-site home builders in south and south-central Idaho, but that number has been reduced to five or six, including Champion, Fleetwood and Nashua. Three of the modular builders are producing workforce housing in the oil patch, but with the uncertainty in the oil trade, Brady suggests more companies should look homeward for more local opportunities.

As an example, he notes Guerdon Modular Buildings of Boise supplied the modules comprising the 102-unit apartment complex for the Skid Row Housing Trust Star Apartments in Los Angeles. The 350 sq ft apartments are for housing the neediest citizens of LA.

While he does not offer any financing solutions for would-be homeowners, Brady states there are 10,000 homeowners nationwide who own their own communities as cooperatives, including seven co-ops in neighboring Montana. Additionally, the Urban Land Institute reports there are 16 private national housing funds earning a decent return in the affordable housing space. ##

(Photo credit:idahostatesman-Guerdon Modular Buildings siting modules for the Star Apartments for homeless in Los Angeles)

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LA Modular is Building of the Month

October 8th, 2014 Comments off

star_apartments_modular__ourmidland_com__creditThe Modular Building Institute has awarded Star Apartments in Los Angeles, California as the Building of the Month. The 51 modules by Guerdon Enterprises LLC of Boise, Idaho for the Skid Row Housing Trust provides 102 apartments, each about 350 square feet, created with a community-minded open design with rooftop spaces for recreation and pedestrian traffic. The 92,000 square feet complex features energy-efficient appliances, low-VOC finishes for air quality, bicylce storage in the building’s garage, and earned LEED Platinum Certification, according to ourmidland.com. The apartments were constructed above an existing retail building which was gutted and renovated to provide support for the modular apartments. Last month’s Modular Building of the Month was Ruth Lake Lodge in Alberta, Canada, as MHProNews reported Sept. 18, 2014. ##

(Photo credit: ourmidland.com–Star Apartments–October Modular  Building of the Month)

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)