Local Builder Constructs New York Energy Efficient Apartment Complex
Clayton Building Solutions Teams with Manhattan Developer to Build Modular Apartment Complex for Affordable Long Island Housing

MARYVILLE, Tenn. &mdash This month, Clayton Building Solutions, a division of Clayton Homes, and La Cite Development, LLC, announced completion of a 29-unit, energy efficient modular apartment community in Hempstead, New York. The apartment community, Village Lofts, is the first modular multifamily rental development to come to Long Island’s Nassau County.

The modular apartment building was built by the Clayton Homes’ Norris Home Building Facility in Bean Station, TN, using innovative modular building practices. Collaborations for the project began in November of 2012. Due to the efficient nature of modular building practices, the Norris Home Building Facility took just six weeks to build the 51 modules.

Construction took place in the controlled environment of the Bean Station facility, where materials were protected from weather. Following transportation to Long Island, the set of the modules for the complete building structure took approximately three weeks to assemble on site.

Reduced waste, energy and water usage due to the nature of Clayton Homes’ modular building practices contributed to making the project the most affordable, best value choice.

The building showcases many energy efficient features inherent to modular construction. “The modular housing process has opened our eyes on where the construction industry is going, and all of the positive benefits that exist with this green building method. We have built a superior product at a better price, and surpassed our expectations on energy efficiency and finishes,” said Dan Bythewood, President of La Cite Development, LLC, in a recent interview with Multi-Housing News.

Village Lofts, comprised of one and two bedroom units, offers renters both market-rate and workforce housing options. Bythewood cited growing university enrollment and new graduates entering the job market, combined with the lack of good workforce housing in the Long Island area, as key reasons the development corporation decided to pursue the project.

Each unit in the gated apartment community includes wide-plank maple wood floors, oversized high-tech windows and GE Energy Star appliances that include a washer, dryer and dishwasher. Solid hardwood kitchen cabinetry and bathrooms featuring custom tile work demonstrate the high degree of quality and style associated with Village Lofts.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate is the project’s exclusive leasing and marketing agency. With a reported list in excess of 400 potential applicants, the property is expected to reach full occupancy within 90 days. The first scheduled move in is set for January 6, 2014. “Village Lofts is pioneering modular development, bringing affordable, high-quality homes with washer-dryers to renters in the village of Hempstead, NY,” said Douglas Elliman’s Maria Boafo to Multi-Housing News. Boafo is one of three leasing and marketing agents working with the project.

“LaCite has been an admirable company to work with these past few years. Dan Bythewood and Justine Linnehan’s focus has been to use modular construction as a competitive advantage in difficult construction markets, and their game plan has proven to be very successful. The speed, quality and energy efficiency of this construction will continue to pay excellent returns to teaming partners and developers who choose this path of construction,” said Doug Henriquez, Director of Clayton Building Solutions.

About Clayton Homes

Clayton Homes’ purpose is “Opening doors to a better life, one home at a time.” As the nation’s largest home builder, Clayton Homes is a vertically integrated Berkshire Hathaway company that builds, sells, finances and insures manufactured homes. Headquartered in Maryville, Tennessee, Clayton Homes has over 12,000 team members across the United States. Clayton Building Solutions, a division of Clayton Homes, builds permanent, residential and commercial construction in the categories of single family, multi-family, assisted living, educational and dormitories for students and military housing.

About La Cite Development, LLC

La Cite Development, LLC is a New York City based real estate development corporation investing in strategic real estate ventures throughout the eastern seaboard, as well as specific markets elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The company’s primary focus is on residential and mixed-use properties spanning from rehab to new construction, with investment primarily being placed within the residential marketplace. With a range of for-profit, non-profit and government agency partners, La Cite Development is involved in both the renovation and ground-up construction of quality, affordable housing throughout the New York Metropolitan area, Baltimore and Rhode Island. Their corporate philosophy embraces investment in neighborhoods and communities that have been largely overlooked or neglected, and promotes development projects that contain affordable housing components in neighborhoods with an identifiable need for revitalization and the creation of modern housing stock and progressive infrastructure.