Affordable house drops into place



It was pretty interesting to see a nice prefabricated house land on a lot in the McLaughlin neighborhood on Sept. 7.

Neighbors and interested community members came with their cameras as the house was dropped from a crane in two parts onto an already-dug basement and foundation. Since then, a roof has been added and the house, which will be used as a model for future modular housing sales, is complete.

Community enCompass, the main partner in the process of (as noted in the 8/16/2019 Examiner article about McLaughlin Community Park’s revitalization),  calls them “urban smart homes.” Community enCompass received a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s MSHDA?Mod program.

MSHDA’s program is a loan, which will be paid back as three additional units are sold at affordable market rate prices, through the City of Muskegon. After it is done being a model, the original home placed on Sept. 7 will be sold at a lower price to a low income family.

The modular homes are supplied by InnovaLaB, the former Kent County Land Bank, whose former director, Dave Allen, oversees the installation.

See it as part of the neighborhood “Taste and See” fundraiser, which includes a progressive dinner and other neighborhood sites, on Sept. 23.