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Arizona has an affordable housing problem. Could modular homes be part of the solution?

By Mark Brodie
Published: Monday, November 29, 2021 - 11:41am

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Modular homes are built in a factory and then stacked like LEGO bricks on site

Having enough housing, and specifically affordable housing, continues to be a concern for many across the state. But Chris Waters and Adam Baugh say a different type of home construction may be part of the answer.

A few Phoenix-area cities are looking into modular homes — built in a factory and then stacked like LEGO bricks on site.

Waters is director of business development for Chandler-based Z Modular, which is working with Glendale and Avondale, among other cities. He says his firm can build roughly 100 apartment units in about two months in the factory. It then takes about six months to put them up and finish when they get to the final site.

Baugh is a zoning and land use attorney with the firm Withey Morris.

The Show spoke with the two, beginning with Waters, to learn about modular housing.

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