Katrina Cottages Supporting New Urbanism

Switchboard says the modular Katrina Cottages that were built for survivors of that deadly hurricane are now being used as offices, educational facilities and affordable housing.  The article, published in the newsletter of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), says one developer is using 12 of them in Buena Vista, California, for permanent infill housing near downtown.  Another series of the one and two-bedroom Cottages are being installed in a semi-circle grouping at Seaside Academic Village in Seaside, Florida.  Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has 23 of the modular units as part of a mixed-use community on a two acre area near downtown.  Developed by architect Bruce Tolar and Enterprise Community Partners, they replace some of the affordable housing destroyed by Katrina, and are built to hurricane codes.  Michelle Whetten, of Enterprise, says, “They work best in a group with a mix of styles, uses and income levels.”  Enterprise is a national affordable housing organization.

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