Friday, May 2, 2014

Housing News Digest, May 2

San Jose Leaders Look To Build ‘Pods,’ ‘Microhouses’ To Shelter The Homeless A new idea is taking shape in San Jose to help the down and out get out of tents and doorways and into more sturdy shelters. The idea involves building new neighborhoods for the homeless with shed-sized buildings.

Construction-defects reform bill companion dies in Colorado Legislature A three-pronged approach to addressing the shortage of affordable condominiums in Colorado lost a prong Thursday when a Senate committee decided there was no need to have multiple state agencies study the issue.

  Developers intent on improving state of downtown Colorado Springs housing It has been nearly two years since the Urban Land Institute called for the creation of 250 to 300 housing units in downtown Colorado Springs, and the city has yet to see such results. But a handful of local developers are pushing through economic and bureaucratic hurdles in attempts to reach that goal. The ULI report, published in June 2012, suggested that the development of additional living space in the city’s core would not only create the potential to attract residents, but also business and social opportunity — ultimately economic development and revitalization.

  Open house set for student housing in Greeley GREELEY - Construction on a 92-unit student-housing complex with 262 beds in Greeley is nearly complete, and an open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 30. University of Northern Colorado students and other members of the public can tour the finished portions of the University Flats at UNC, 1758 6th Ave. University Flats is two blocks from the University of Northern Colorado campus. Preleasing is going on now for August move-ins.

 Colorado Springs-area homebuilding falls again in April The pace of local homebuilding for the first few months of 2014 continues to lag behind last year, according to a report Thursday by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. Single-family building permits, which measure the number of homes to be constructed by builders, totaled 257 in April, a nearly 15 percent drop from the same month last year, the report showed. Permit totals have declined in seven of the last nine months on a year-over-year basis.