Those are the words of Sherry Norris, Executive Director of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association (AMHA), commenting on the new modular apartments rising in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. As we reported in the Daily Industry Business News Blog on May 27, the two city blocks where dilapidated housing once stood are not far from the governor’s mansion.
MHMSM has learned from sources involved that Heritage View Apartments is a collaborative project of a handful of entities. This modular venture is a first for several of them.
Southern Energy Homes (SE Homes, NASDAQ:SEHI)of Addison, Alabama, a subsidiary of Clayton Homes, is constructing the 66 modules for the apartments. Michael Wade, Director of Manufacturing for Cavalier Homes, a subsidiary of SE Homes, and Project Manager for this project, said, “There are two city blocks designated for this project, and there will be 11 three-story modular apartment buildings, and each building will have five dwelling units for a total of 55 apartments. Two of them are three-bedroom apartments, and three of them are two-bedroom apartments. This is the Addison plant’s first multi-story modular project.”
SE Homes has been in business since 1982, and has been building modular homes since the late 1980’s. Even though their primary focus remains in the manufactured housing market, “in the last two years, modular construction has grown tremendously percentage wise,” Wade added.
Wade said,” Construction of the modules will take about three and a half weeks. We should have 70 percent of the boxes [modules] set by the end of June.” He anticipates the units will be ready for occupancy in the fall.
The contractor for the apartments, Empire Construction, of Knoxville, Tennessee, laid the foundation, and will build the staircases, balconies, porch attachments, sidewalks, parking lots, and complete the landscaping.
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Photos courtesy of the Alabama Manufactured Housing Association # #
Matthew J. Silver
Industry in Focus Reporter, MHMSM.com