Posts Tagged ‘studio apartments’

Modular Mini-Apartments Proposed for San Francisco’s Tenderloin District

April 29th, 2015 Comments off

san_francisco_modular__tenderloin_district__collins_woerman__creditIf the Forge Land Company can get around neighborhood opposition, it will turn two parking lots in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco into two eight-story modular apartment buildings containing 238 studio apartments. A Planning Commission public hearing was scheduled for April 30, but postponed to June 4 because the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) says the developers have yet to have significant meetings with the neighbors.

The plan calls for 250 square-foot market rate apartments with private bathrooms but limited cooking facilities, and ground floor retail space, as hoodline informs MHProNews. TNDC expressed concerns about the distance between the development and the adjacent Curry Senior Center, displacement of low-income residents, disruptive activities in the already high-density residential area, and seismic and life-safety requirements that meet San Francisco’s building codes.

TNDC also wants the developer to assist with finding temporary housing for residents living so close to the construction site they will be unduly impacted by the building activities. The group intends to hold two additional meetings ahead of the June 4 hearing, one of which will be with the developers. ##

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Portland Architect Designs Modular Studio Unit for the Homeless

December 19th, 2013 Comments off

Architect Stuart Emmons of Portland, Oregon has designed a 265-square-foot, modular, mini-studio for homeless people called I’mHome. After seeing shipping containers converted into living quarters in China, Emmons, realizing a container could not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), took a different approach, designing the modular nine-unit Kah San Chako Haws (Chinook for East House) housing project for Native Americans, as MHProNews covered here Feb. 14, 2013. The Gold-Certified LEED apartments range from 375 square feet to 835 square feet, according to

I’mHome units have a living room and bath with just a microwave and refrigerator for a kitchen, and are priced at $40,000, everything furnished. Emmons states there are 10,000 homeless in Multnomah County, including couch surfers, those living ten-deep in one-bedroom apartments and those on the streets.

Blazer Industries of Aumsville, Oregon will be making the affordable homes, which Brent Buchheit of Blazer says are earthquake-proof. “We’ve had these buildings fall off a trailer on the freeway and they’re fine; we just load them back on,” he says.

Susan Emmons (no relation to Stuart) of Northwest Pilot Project, which counsels people in danger of homelessness, noting the dire need for housing, says, “There’s a shortage of 20,000 units for people at 30 percent of median income. That could be a family of four, people on limited Social Security, or veterans on a pension. We’re not developing much housing for those people.”

Stuart Emmons says he has the product needed, but so far, there has been more interest in San Francisco and Seattle than Portland for I’mHome.

(Image credit: Emmons–Kah San Chako Haws)

Modular Complex will Complete in 24 Weeks

May 28th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from JR Pickstock Group and Elements Europe are building a 120 room modular student housing complex in Lincoln, United Kingdom, north of London. The seven-floored project will include studio apartments, cluster rooms and “buddy rooms” as well as a coffee shop on the ground floor. Modular construction will allow the work to be completed in 24 weeks, ahead of the September, 2013 opening of school, and much sooner than traditional construction methods could complete the build.

(Image credit: thelincolnite–UK modular student apartments, Lincoln, UK)

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)

Forest City Ratner Moves Ahead with Modular Project

November 28th, 2012 Comments off

Real Estate Weekly tells MHProNews groundbreaking for the first phase of developer Forest City Ratner Companies’ (FCRC) Atlantic Yards modular project in Brooklyn will be held Dec. 18 with completion set for 2014. Built in partnership with Skanska USA, a Swedish modular firm, and designed by architectural firm ShoP, the 32-story building will have 363 living units, 181 of which will be for low-to-moderate income residents and 182 for market rate. There will be 150 studio apartments, 165 one-bedroom and 48 two-bedroom units. The 125 unionized workers will be organized into a newly-formed Modular Division of the Building and Construction Trades Council, and will build the 930 modules in a 100,000 square foot facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. William Femming, president and CEO of Skanska USA Building, says, “With this project and with our partnership with FCRC and the Construction Trades, we are also building a new industry that has potential to become New York City’s newest export, a product and process that can transform how construction is done in this century. We are proud to bring our expertise in prefabrication to the residential market for the first time in New York City.”

(Image credit: Real Estate Weekly–Forest Ratner Brooklyn project)

Affordable Modular Multi-family Rises in Oregon

October 12th, 2012 Comments off

OregonLive tells MHProNews the first modular multifamily affordable apartment project in the Northwest was sited in Portland, Oregon Thurs. Oct 11. Built in Aumsville, OR, Kah San Chako Haws–”East House” in Chinook— took 13 months to design and construct and cost $1.7 million, about $190,000 each unit. Architect Stuart Emmons says this was a pilot project, and the cost should fall to $150,000 per unit in the future. Conventional affordable housing projects generally run $200,000 per unit or more. The nine unit complex includes three each of two bedroom, one bedroom and studio apartments. While Blazer Industries, Inc. has constructed modular classrooms, single-family homes, stores, and an assisted living facility, this was its first multi-family residence.

(Image credit: Stuart Emmons/oregonlive—Kah San Chako Haws)