The Star, Jesse Duarte, November 20, 2021 Our Town St. Helena is set to expand its Pope Street housing project after acquiring an adjacent parcel. Our Town closed escrow in October on 951 Pope. The property is next door to Read more…
“Low income should not be confused with low quality,” Kevin says. “These homes are very well built.” He says he likes working with the families, and enjoys the everchanging work as the houses progress. “It was exciting to see the walls go up, the roofs go on, then the windows and now thefamilies are installing kitchen cabinets and flooring.”
At Factory OS, apartment complexes are constructed room by room. Modular units are moved along on an assembly line: floors, dry wall, windows, then electrical, counters, and so on. When the units are completed, they are trucked to the construction site, and assembled like legos.
Habitat for Humanity selected Stringfield’s home as its first 3D-printed project. Initiated between a partnership with Alquist, a 3D-printing construction company, it is the organization’s effort to confront the nation’s affordable housing crisis, which increased due to multiple factors including the heightened costs of materials during the pandemic and a booming demand on the housing market
Project Manager Larry Vermeulen was delighted to have the extra help and wasted no time in finding jobs for the entire team. They cleaned up the site, loaded trash onto the trailer, and spread backfill. The hardy took a turn at digging the gas-line trench. “If other corporate teams would donate a morning or afternoon shift focusing on a specific task like this, it would significantly move us forward,” said Vermeulen.
2021 Was a Big Year for Our Town St. Helena Purchased the four-unit Christine Apartments and preserved the rents at affordable levels for 55 years Thanks to a significant private donation, purchased property on Pope Street adjacent to property we own, allowing Read more…
The $20 million will support improved infrastructures like biking, lighting and the widening of Maple Alley which will eventually tie into the River Walk along the San Lorenzo River. And will provide the groundwork for two major affordable housing projects on Lower Pacific Avenue.
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“We knew it was coming,” said Francisco Nuñez, who for nearly two decades lived at the Cactus Rose Mobile Home Park until it was sold to a developer to make way for amenity-rich apartments that now fetch more than double what he once paid in rent.
Our purchase was made possible by a generous donation to OTSH from Jim and Stephanie Gamble. “It is essential that local families and organizations support the preservation of existing housing and the building new homes for our workforce,” said Jim Gamble. “We are happy to invest in OTSH’s project to help grow the well-being of our community.”