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RFI Issued: City of Milwaukee Seeks Offsite Solution for Housing
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In what seems to become a more popular solution among elected officials, the City of Milwaukee recently issued a Request for Information that will lead to a Request for Proposals in September.

According to the RFI: “The City of Milwaukee intends to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) in September 2021, to establish a public-private partnership to build a factory in Century City Business Park or its environs. The City’s vision is to create equity through creation of high quality, green jobs, affordable zero energy homes, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization. This is not a project, but a long-term partnership aimed at social and climate transformation, creating an example for other cities nationwide.”

Milwaukee joins other jurisdictions considering to modular and offsite construction to address housing needs. Here’s a few recent examples:

Salt Lake City recently adopted the ICC ANSI Standard for Offsite Construction while officials in Atlanta have been ahead of the curve in addressing alternatives to their housing needs.

Virginia Economic Development officials recently announced a deal for modular factory IndieDwell to open a new plant in Norfolk to build affordable housing.

We recently participated in a stakeholders’ meeting with key agency officials from California’s housing and economic development teams to discuss and gather information about modular housing solutions.

Several states, including Minnesota, Michigan, and Virginia also offer incentives for developers to consider alternative methods of delivering affordable housing. With the massive housing demands and continued labor shortages, we expect this trend to continue for several years.

To view the Milwaukee RFI, go here: https://city.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/BBC/images/Housing-Plan/RFIforMilwaukeeManufacturingPartnership.pdf

Initial questions on the RFI are due by close of business Friday June 11th.
Started on June 10, 2021 by Tom Hardiman
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