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Regulation of ‘modular’ homes tendered

October 16, 2015

Modular homes, which have been built in Cape Coral for 20 years, are coming under heavy scrutiny by a group which plans to state its opposition at Monday’s City Council meeting....

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Raydunavant

Oct-19-15 5:25 PM

Daudi443Are you the builder? See you end of month

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Daudi443

Oct-19-15 12:44 PM

Please people educate yourself of what a modular home is and what is not. Look this web page is going to anwers all of your questions modularhomeowners**** and the house on kismet is not finished its going to be one of the best home in the area. Nothing to envy any other home specially in the inside if you want to see it by yourself go on 31 oct and 1nov the open house.

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Fortherecord

Oct-19-15 12:26 PM

Someone I know mentioned to me that North on 41 there is a company who sells manufactured homes and advertises that these particular models can withstand 125 mph. winds. So, go figure.

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Fortherecord

Oct-19-15 8:47 AM

Another site has an update re: this type of home, which is part of the regular City Council Meeting this afternoon. I guess most of us will have to retrofit all of our homes, including the City buildings. It is very difficult to imagine that construction of said modular homes could ever meet the hurricane/wind & hail requirements. Have a nice day!

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Raydunavant

Oct-18-15 6:44 PM

There is supposed to be an open house November 1, 2015...lets show up and let them know what we think.

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Raydunavant

Oct-18-15 6:42 PM

Rocco, do not misunderstand my comment...the name Key West does not, in any way, represent what the house looks like. It looks like a double wide with a porch...presumably for the washer and dryer. The name Key West is absurd..there is not a house in the Keys that looks like this abomination.

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rocco1

Oct-18-15 5:35 PM

For sure it does not look like the typical Cape Coral home, but sometimes it's hard to distinguish one home from another in Cape Coral. I will say that other builders are now adding different elevation looks. Look at Aubuchon Sterling Collection. They are now doing Key West elevations too. I'm pretty sure I am getting a Key West Cottage next to me. Not sure who the builder is, but I doubt it's pre-fab.

I doubt there is much the city can do to stop this type of home from going forward. The lawsuits would come very quickly.

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Fortherecord

Oct-18-15 4:29 PM

A photo was on the overhead during a regular City Council Meeting.

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Raydunavant

Oct-18-15 4:02 PM

Rocco. There is a picture of it on the sign at the site. it is also on the builder's website. It is the Key West model! It belongs on a rural road in Mississippi.

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rocco1

Oct-18-15 3:57 PM

Would have been nice if the Breeze included a picture of the home in question.

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Fortherecord

Oct-18-15 10:21 AM

A photo of this particular homes was presented before the Mayor, Council and staff. It was mentioned during comments that as not being completed and it would look nice once the landscaping is completed. Maybe, yes, but more of a no!

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lawmajor

Oct-18-15 10:06 AM

rocco1 - "Some pre-manufactured homes are actually quite large and nice looking." - That might very well be the case, however, the one in question that I went to see resembles a "work crew trailer" for a construction site. Nothing nice looking about it. It resembles a garage. I'm sorry, however, it's not something I would like to see sprouting up throughout the Cape. There really needs to be some sort of guideline implemented.

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Fortherecord

Oct-18-15 9:54 AM

Yes, this in most cases will be a type of home that will look like any other typical home. The construction is very different. In a designated community one pays a land use rent for property & maintenance of common areas that is owned by a major corporate property owner. Some community owners do own their portion of the land although very rare to find. They pay their own property taxes, but these homes are registered with tags just like any motor vehicle. The City just approved a wonderful section of our city known as Tranquility Lakes for high-end mobile coach homes. The developer of this project was required to meet many codes and abide by them. This development is located in one designated area of our City. In other words....Yes, I would agree there is much to consider, since 20 years ago is much more different from today.

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rocco1

Oct-18-15 9:10 AM

The city needs to tread carefully here.The homes are breakng no laws and have been around for years. Cape Coral is essentially a blue collar town, so I would not be surprised to see demand for this type of home grow. Some pre-manufactured homes are actually quite large and nice looking.

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Fortherecord

Oct-18-15 8:24 AM

Thank you Packer. I thought I was somewhat correct regarding our Emergency Operation Building and Headquarters. I was attempting to make a point re: the hurricane and wind impact. There is no way that I believe this type of Modular home could meet the new building & hurricane codes of today. I am very grateful that I live in a cement block very well constructed home. If one wishes to build and live in this type of home as constructed that is their busines, but this type of home should not be scattered here and about in our City. Although, these types of homes are very popular they belong in one designated area like one would see along N. 41, N. Fort Myers and other adjacent areas of surrounding counties.

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Packer

Oct-18-15 6:56 AM

That's what I was thinking Ray. I don't believe I have seen any homes being spit out the end of a building lately.

FTR the older section of our EOC is most likely 150 mph, but if you look into the new section it is most likely 180. I'm not completely sure on this. But, I do know 150 was once thought to be best choice. Newer building codes, Miami Dade code changes, and engineering have now moved towards 180. 2014 Florida Building Code has some changes as well. It went into effect this year.

That thing does not belong in Cape Coral.

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Raydunavant

Oct-17-15 1:52 PM

I am curious where the factory on Skyline is. I know the entire length of Skyline, and cannot picture a factory there.

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gomezz

Oct-17-15 11:33 AM

these houses support the cape coma vision which is dollar stores, culvers burgers, 7-11 stores, as well as many empty properties they all fit great in the city.

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Fortherecord

Oct-17-15 9:51 AM

Manufactured Homes, Modular Homes & PreFab Homes as one would see along 41 North Ft. Myers in most cases look like nice homes, but when constructed they are installed in sections (as mentioned in this article) and also anchored in the ground. They may be on a concrete slab, with a crawl space underneath, but actually, so, so, much more to consider with this type of home construction.

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lawmajor

Oct-17-15 8:59 AM

Drove past it. It resembles a "work crew trailer" for a construction site. It will definitely bring down property values. Not exactly what you think of when you think of a single family home in the Cape. I'd be pretty upset it I lived next door to that!!

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Fortherecord

Oct-17-15 8:48 AM

My comment as follows is only a question regarding the wind rating of 180 mph. How could that be when our City Emergency Operation Building is rated or close to being rated somewhere near 150 mph (not sure) and/or 180 mph? There is much more to be considered regarding this type of construction and I hope that our city staff will present more data regarding the construction of this type of home.

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Raydunavant

Oct-16-15 5:06 PM

The problem is that it is ugly as a mud fence! If the builders could design one that fits the typical architecture of the lower end housing in the Cape (think Adams), maybe so...this house belongs on a rural country road in Ohio.

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