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Devean George’s Vision: Modular Housing Plant Boosts Jobs in North Minneapolis

Former pro basketball player, Devean George, has begun transforming a N. Minneapolis factory into a manufacturing plant for modular housing, according to the StarTribune.

Modular housing might be one of the best strategies to increase affordability. Creating housing in a 72-degree climate with no wind, rain, snow, or sleet has its advantages. It can improve quality and efficiency in building. The fact that Devean George is building this plant in North Minneapolis with an eye towards increasing job opportunities close to home for residents makes it a true “win-win”. The next issue to tackle is finding a place to set these modular units. Because of the ability to “stack” them, density can be increased, thereby contributing to our other issue in housing: a shortage of units.

Historically, companies employing this modular strategy have created a product that was of lesser quality. That fact has left a bad taste in buyers’ mouths about the industry. There’s no reason that has to be true. Several modular companies are now producing high-end custom homes at a lower price and in a significantly shorter timeframe. In this harsh northern climate, modular housing just seems to make sense.

Photo: George Modular Solutions

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