Noji Gardens is a development of 75 affordable homes four miles from downtown Seattle. It was built by HomeSight, a community development corporation. The development includes 51, two-story manufactured homes and 24 traditional, site-built homes, and was the first of its kind to introduce the two-story single-family manufactured home. The organization was assisted by local architects to ensure that the appearance of the manufactured homes matched the community’s expectations.
Over the course of a three-year research and planning process, HomeSight engaged with neighborhood councils and ensured the same quality of materials and workmanship went into the manufactured homes as their site-built homes. The development officially opened in March of 2000 and was finished in December 2002. By 2003, all homes had been purchased, the majority of which are affordable for families earning 60 to 80 percent of area median income. Affordability was made possible largely by the 15 percent cost reduction of using factory-built homes. Additionally, HomeSight was able to convert titles to these homes from personal property to real property by securing the units to a permanent foundation. HomeSight has continued to use factory-built homes in more recent developments, such as Kokanee Creek homes in Everett, Wash.
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Uche Okezie, HomeSight
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