Mare Island deal puts Blu back in Modular News

TimesHerald reports the Architectural Heritage and Landmark Commission unanimously approved improvements to the nearly 10 story Lennar Mare Island-owned Building 680 in preparation for an anticipated lease with housing fabricator Blu Homes. “Obviously, (we are) very close to completing a transaction with (Blu Homes),” Tom Sheaff, vice president and general manager for developer Lennar Mare Island (CA) told the commission Thursday. Sheaf said solar and wind power companies expressed interest before Lennar settled on Blu Homes. Commission chairman Wendell Quigley said the modular home manufacturer is expected to initially employ 90 people on Mare Island, building up to as many as 190. Blu Homes vice president of Operations Rob Kranenburg told the panel he expected to bring only two or three employees to the new site, because a lease provision with Lennar Mare Island requires that more than 90 percent of the new workers would come from the greater Vallejo area. Blu Homes builds eco-friendly, energy efficient homes tailored to buyers’ desired floor plans. Their homes range from $100,000 to $400,000, Kranenburg told the commission.

(Element unfolding home video credit: BluHomes)

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