0 Have your say Readers have been reacting to plans to build 40 new affordable homes on the former site of a Sunderland school. The city council’s cabinet will be asked next week to back plans to dispose of land at the old Southwick Primary School site, off Northern Way.The school closed in 2009 as pupils moved to a state-of-the-art building in nearby Shakespeare Street.If approved, the 4.2-acre site will be transferred to the Bernicia Group for residential development of 40 new homes.Affordable homes are expected to be built on the site, subject to planning permission being granted.Some readers were delighted that a disused piece of land is to be brought back into use, but others were less pleased.Chris Parry said: "Affordable houses? Affordable to who? Not everyone can afford deposits. Social housing wasn’t mentioned for this site and it’s decent social housing Sunderland needs."But Lee Richardson replied: "People complain there's not enough … [Read more...] about ‘Affordable to who?’
Making home affordable plan
Chattanooga is one of three Tennessee cities chosen as pilot sites for a new approach to creating more affordable housing and bringing rundown neighborhoods back to life. Along with Memphis and Oak Ridge, Chattanooga will test a plan to help nonprofit organizations that work to build the stock of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families. Nonprofits such as Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise and Habitat for Humanity focus on infill development, rehabbing or rebuilding in established neighborhoods. The problem is, low property values may mean that the projects cost more than the finished homes are worth. If you go What: Housing Connections Conference, where citizens, advocates and stakeholders will talk about the city’s housing agendaWhen: 8 a.m. to noon, Oct. 20. Seating is limited to 100, registration required.Where: Family Justice Center, 5705 Uptain RoadRegistration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chattanooga-housing-connections-conference-tickets-50795323179 … [Read more...] about Chattanooga chosen as pilot site for home affordability program
Brought to you by Worldwide, natural disasters are occurring more regularly and with greater ferocity. This new documentary explains the risks and offers tips on protecting your home The exciting documentary Built to Last? begins broadcasting this summer on channels in the UK and across the world. Filmed in the UK, Philippines and the US by independent British documentary producer Rockhopper Media, it examines the many hazards homeowners around the world face and powerfully makes the point that, though ways exist to make buildings far more resilient, most homeowners are never offered the options by the property industry or government. The film is inspired by the book Resilience – The Ultimate Sustainability, written by retired building industry expert Aris Papadopoulos, whose non-profit Resilience Action Fund funded its production. The World Bank considered it important enough to co-fund. A World Trade Centre 9/11 survivor, Papadopoulos draws on his industry-insider … [Read more...] about How can our homes and communities better withstand natural disasters?
In South St. Anthony Park, developer Jamie Stolpestad has big plans for his future home at the Lakes and Plains Building — the old Carpenter’s Union Hall. To the chagrin of some immediate neighbors, he has even bigger plans for the vacant land next to it. Ringed by single-family homes, the former union hall at 842 Raymond Ave. now houses about 20 offices, including the law offices of former building owner Ferdinand F. Peters. It is located a few blocks from the Green Line’s Raymond Avenue light rail stop. In the first phase of construction for Guild 842, plans call for adding co-working space on the ground level and as many as nine luxury condominiums next to and above the 1940s-era structure. As a result, the nine parking spaces next door will be reduced to five. “It’s a handsome building,” said Stolpestad, principal of EG Capital. “We’re preserving the building, keeping it as a commercial space, but modernizing it. … I … [Read more...] about In South St. Anthony Park, planned apartments clash with old businesses
Pam Dorr, program director of non-profit Soup, poses for a photograph inside one of the organization's prefabricated model homes installed in a backyard in Menlo Park on April 11, 2018. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) An exterior view of one of Soup's prefabricated homes made by Canadian manufacturer Honomobo. This 704 square-foot model unit features a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds An interior view of one of Soup's prefabricated homes made by Canadian manufacturer Honomobo. This 704 square-foot model unit features a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) One of two bedrooms of one of Soup's prefabricated homes made by Canadian manufacturer Honomobo. This 704 square-foot model unit features a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom with a shower. (Dai Sugano/Bay Area News Group) … [Read more...] about One woman’s plan to solve the Bay Area’s housing problem: 10,000 tiny, backyard homes