Monday, September 19, 2016

Tiny Apartments for Homeless Hit Snags Over Labor, Land

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco’s homelessness director
wants them. A local developer is hot to
build them, academics love them, and unions are open to the idea.

All that stands in the way of the construction of hundreds of tiny, modular apartments for hard-core homeless people in San Francisco — something that could sharply reduce the number of indigents on the city’s streets — is getting everyone involved to agree to some compromises. But that’s proving to be a tough task.

For the past year, developer Patrick Kennedy has been pitching City Hall on his plan to use metal shipping container-style boxes in quickie-construction projects that can be turned into supportive housing for the homeless complexes that offer services for people in addition to a roof. Such housing, Kennedy says, can be built far faster than conventional structures, for half the cost.

Kennedy has proposed building as many as 200 units above a city-owned parking lot at Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez Street, and he says he can quickly construct thousands more around the city.

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1 comment:

Tom Hardiman said...

"Built in China" gives the labor unions an easy target. But the fact is, they would balk at this even if the units were built in Idaho. The efficiency of the modular construction process flies in the face of some long standing union positions 1) the work is mostly done offsite not within their local. Workers often work in teams / stations and cross over traditional trade lines.

Opposition from labor unions is a huge hurdle for the modular industry in general - moreso for commercial and multi family applications. Unions do not have a history of changing the way they do business to accommodate others. But the reality is they will be forced to address this if they want to survive. NYC trade unions did just that in light of the recently completed Pacific Park project.