New Modular Homes Coming to Carrollton

 Planned Mace Rd. modular housing location
The Carrollton Free Press Standard reported this week that Utica Shale Housing Group, LLC has announced and discussed with village officials their plans to place over 30 total modular homes at two Carrollton sites in the coming months.

These ranch style homes would be designed to meet the housing needs of transient oil and gas workers.  "Our modular rentals are move-in ready and come fully furnished with flat screen TVs in each bedroom and living room, security systems, small fridges in each bedroom and larger unit in kitchen, washer/dryer, weekly maid service, weekly mowing and snow removal, all utilities paid, and access to group entertainment events," says Dan Coen, a partner in the housing group.  He noted that maid service, lawn care and snow removal would be handled by local companies.  More after the jump...

The plan is to install six modular homes on a three-acre plot on S. Lisbon Street, the site of Dr. Nan Bissell's former property, and up to 25 modular homes on an eight-acre plot on Mace Road just past Countryside Recycling Service.  After the transient workers move on from Carrollton, the company would convert the homes to three bedroom, three bath family residences with a garage to be sold or rented to families in the area.

The housing group would like for the Mace Road property, which lies outside village limits, to be annexed into the village.  A preliminary platt was created in the 1990s but wasn't adequate and must be redesigned.  The results of making the necessary changes will determine how many homes could actually be placed on the plot.

Coen said the company would like to have housing built and be able to move workers into homes within two months.  They plan to begin at the S. Lisbon Street property.  "Strategic parking" would be created on the side of the home with enough room for four regular size vehicles, with no additional vehicles allowed.  The homes would rent for $55-$85 per man per night depending on rental criteria, including length lease agreements.

It sounds like these new homes will be showing up in town soon (the housing group's website already announces that they are booking homes in Carroll County), and the description sounds a little nicer than the way the North Dakota "man camps" established during the drilling boom there were described in a Huffington Post article last year.  What do you think?  Are these modular housing developments a good or bad thing for the area?  Share your thoughts in the dedicated thread at The Daily Digger Forum!

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