Sunday, March 10, 2019

City approves modular building for affordable housing

Queens Eagle

A proposed 167-apartment development in East New York is one of the first projects using modular construction that the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has selected to finance, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Modular construction refers to the off-site construction of prefabricated, factory-produced units (modules) that are then stacked on top of each other to form a full building. The Build It Back program implemented in Queens and Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy also used modular housing.

The modules will be constructed by FullStack Modular at its factory in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The proposal was submitted by a development team led by Thorobird Cos. and its local nonprofit partner, Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services.

“Doing modular is a really important, long-term strategy for the city,” said New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, whose last day on the job was Friday. “We know it saves time, and as it scales up, it will start saving money.”


Anonymous said...

As if we really needed more people to move here.

Anonymous said...

This is what the Progressives want for NYC residents? Modular houses and throwing families down into basement apartments. Really?

Anonymous said...

Poorly made and unsafe. If a fire breaks out it will crumble in minutes. This is the kind of poor housing they use in thte south .

Poka said...

As long as it is truly affordable. This city has a habit of inflating housing to the detriment of the people who truly needs affordable housing. Don’t let the real estate parasites get to it.

Anonymous said...

That's a step forward

Anonymous said...

Hello: Labor? creating the modules relies on automated processes; assembling them is almost literally child's play. Another hit to decent-paying jobs. At least this company is in Brooklyn, not China.

Anonymous said...

OK, so they manufacture all these pre-fab houses. Where do they put them? Which neighborhoods will want them and will there be any space in our already overcrowded neighborhoods for them. NYC Real Estate is very expensive.

Anonymous said...

Mud huts will be next as they will "save" even more money for the city.

Joe said...

We already have this shit. The difference is only the parts and frames arrive stacked and numbered on flatbeds VS 3D prebuilt modules on trailers.
Almost every new home in Flushing, Bayside and Little Neck and now Manhasset. Yes built like shit, the un-skilled day laborers show up in these vans and assemble with Spanish music blasting.
Nasty and drafty as it gets during winter, huge heating and AC bills

Rob in Manhattan said...

They are putting these crackerbox firetraps in the storm zone where the others were destroyed?

If we are actually serious about "affordable housing" -we need to take at least some of the following steps:

1) Introduce a residency requirement for housing. Out of state resident would have to prove they are here for at least 6 months and working. This will stop the red states dumping their unwanted.

2) Crack down hard on landlords violating rent regulations and eliminate vacancy decontrol. That disaster has resulted in the loss of over 300,000 of the truly affordable apartment. The 1994 election of Pataki has left a legacy that has the majority of New Yorkers now spending 2+weeks on rent -just to live in a reasonably safe neighborhood.

3)Stop jerking around with these 80-20 deals for developers and get realistic about true public housing. Either pass a new Version of the Mitchell-Lama Act, an-or go back to outright construction of and decent maintenance of public housing under a --reformed--_ NYCHA.

In the early 1970's I had friends who lived in "the projects" -two in Spanish Harlem and one at (IRRC) the Wald houses on the lower east side.

They were functional, clean and fireproof buildings. Rents were fixed at 30% (again IIRC) of a resident's income. This adjusted according to earnings as submitted by affidavit.

The system worked and got lower income people out of the hands of slumlords and their dangerous buildings.

Incompetence and probably a bit of willful neglect has ruined a decent system.

Rob in Manhattan

Anonymous said...

"Don’t let the real estate parasites get to it"

They already have, and are making plans to abuse this. Now thanks to the citys new law the parasites can now build this socialist high density shit and sue for discrimination should they get denied.
This going the route and modeling after the Ukraine, China and parts of Scandinavia is change for the worse.

After this is massively abused the "fix" will be to make all housing and tenant selection government controlled. How about stop attracting all the illegals and freeloaders flocking in like locusts.

TommyR said...

Compare the street-view of the address the article lists (461 Dean St) versus the title image:

461 Dean Street Google Street-View

Article Image (Tyvek-Wrapped House Assembled in "Quadrants")

The Dean street buildings looks pretty typical to what you'd expect of modular - blocky and LEGO-like. The cover image resembles a more traditional "house", going by the way the houses in the background look (assuming they were assembled similarly).

I don't think this FSM co is necessarily going to be building stuff like that. But modular is a proven technology world-wide. It just means assembled off-site in parts, instead of all at once. Lots of home-builders do that here in America with their typical single-family homes, using American companies. I see this neither as a step forward nor backward, just a cost-saving measure.

Anonymous said...

@Rob in Manhattan said...
Very good ideas. I almost moved to the Big Six Towers in Woodside but moved to a garden Co-Op. Local 3 built Electchester why cant'the PBA or the UFT do the same ?
A group effort by all State and Local Unions could get it done again.

Anonymous said...

@Rob in Manhattan said...
Very good ideas. I almost moved to the Big Six Towers in Woodside but moved to a garden Co-Op. Local 3 built Electchester why cant'the PBA or the UFT do the same ?
A group effort by all State and Local Unions could get it done again.