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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

New neighbors drop into Atwater Village

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ATWATER VILLAGE —  A crew of workers and a very large crane attracted a crowd and stopped traffic on Glendale Boulevard today as three, factory-made homes were hoisted into place as part of a new housing development.

The Living Homes Atwater project will include six homes at the corner of Glendale and LaClede Avenue next to the neighborhood’s post office.  The first-floor of each narrow home was built on site in a conventional manner. But the two top floors of each unit were fabricated in a factory in Oregon before being shipped to Atwater.

Amy Sims with Living Homes said that using pre-fabricated units, which were parked along Glendale this morning before being lifted into place,  means that the construction portion project could be finished in three months instead of 12.

Sims spent recent weeks making sure the prefabricated units being made at the factory would fit with the first floors being constructed in Atwater.

Each prefab unit measure 16-feet wide, 53-feet long and 11-feet high. The units come complete with everything from wood siding and windows on the exterior to plumbing, flooring, cabinets, countertops and lighting inside, Sims said.  After being put into place, the pre-fab units need to be connected to the electrical, water and other systems.

“If we didn’t have to hook everything up, you could move in tomorrow,” Sims said.

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6 comments

  1. But are they earthquake safe? And who has $800 thousand plus to pay for such a monstrosity?

    • They used steel for the first floor which means…yes. I was wondering why during construction what was in such a strange order.

  2. If they’re cheaper to build then why not make the sale price more affordable?

    • Why would that principle be applied here when it isn’t applied in any other private business? Let me guess, a Bernie Sanders supporter?

  3. i don’t think the real estate market is driven by cost of goods lol.

    also the atwater residents wants less homes and more outdoor space on the small lot so the one they had slated “affordable” was axed from the plans.

  4. A few weeks ago, I watched one of these modular homes get towed up Glendale Blvd on a huge trailer and saw it take out giant branches of some of the 80 year old trees planted in the median. Traffic was blocked for an hour while they cleared the branch debris blocking the lanes. Hoorah for green living!

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