Romulus modular house installed in less than four hours after public-private partnership

Romulus officials contacted the State Land Bank Authority in 2018 with an idea.

The community wanted to test innovative housing projects and landed on a partnership involving modular building. This led to a partnership between the city, the state and several developers.

On Aug. 29, the project culminated in a single-family house being built in Romulus in less than four hours. Public officials were on-hand to tour the house shortly after its completion.


Jeff Huntington, interim director of the State Land Bank Authority, said the project demonstrated the power of collaboration in the community.

"(The) home installation was a wonderful experience and a great example of how the state, city and local contractors and developers can work together to bring unproductive, vacant property back to productive use," he said. "Placing this home on a former State Land Bank property is a win for everyone involved in this project."

InnovaLab Development Group President David Allen said he was “thrilled” to work on this particular project, which may serve as a proof-of-concept for future affordable housing work. His company installed the housing.

"Modular housing is a great alternative to traditional stick-built houses and projects like this provide more affordable housing options for Michiganders," he said. "We're thrilled to work on projects like this that provide affordable housing opportunities to residents statewide."

While InnovaLab installed the housing at the site, Champion Homes built the prefabricated sections in advance. A third developer, ABL Properties, initially purchased the two State Land Bank parcels on which the house was constructed.

Gabby Abel, communications manager for the State Land Bank, said the government agency works with a variety of developers around Michigan.

“We assess the needs of each project to decide what type of development is best suited to fit the needs of the community,” she said. “Modular housing is a great option for developers and is something we continue to be open to with regards to housing development.”

Source: Thenewsherald