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An automated factory that’d pump out modular homes in Grand Junction could help ease Colorado’s housing crisis

GRAND JUNCTION — On a baked patch of clay next to a growing hospital, a group of investors plans to ease the Western Slope’s housing crisis with a $45 million automated factory that could turn out 100 ready-to-assemble apartment units a month.   “No one has ever built something like this in the U.S.” said Ted […]

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Colorado lawmakers are betting millions that factory-built homes are a solution to the housing crisis

Colorado lawmakers are aiming to increase the state’s stock of modular homes amid a statewide housing shortage that’s left many residents priced out of the market. House Bill 1282, known as the Innovative Housing Incentive Program, would create a $40 million loan program that modular homes manufacturers could use to pay workers and cover operating […]

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Modular housing is getting a second look as Colorado confronts a lack of affordable homes

BUENA VISTA — Charlie Chupp deflects the perceived perfection of his timing.  As housing and construction costs skyrocket in Colorado, creating a labor crisis that threatens tourism and building industries in mountain communities, Chupp is six months from opening a modular housing production facility capable of churning out two fully-built, ready-to-assemble homes a day. The […]

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Parked: Mobile homes are Colorado’s affordable housing crutch. But they’re disappearing as land becomes more precious

In the Aurora mobile-home park where she lived for 16 years, eviction notices kept coming to Petra Bennett’s door — for unauthorized guests, lack of insurance, late rent. They were bogus threats to make the single mother leave. And eventually, she did. In Federal Heights, Karla Lyons’ waitressing wages are eaten up by a constant […]

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To help fill the affordable housing gap, a Buena Vista project is creating inventory — one giant box at a time

BUENA VISTA — Just below the second-floor offices of Fading West Development on Main Street, kids play in a sun-dappled splash park, tourists duck in and out of shops and eateries while, to the west, the breathtaking Collegiate Peaks poke holes in the sky. In a lush, green summer, the town’s marketing pitch — “Come […]