Modular building may be ready for its multifamily close-up.

While some apartment developers are still wary of the construction technique, the modular industry has progressed to the point where a passer-by would never be able to tell the difference between a conventionally built community.

The chameleon aspect to the mixed-income Village Lofts—a modular-built multifamily community in Hempstead, N.Y .—is a big part of its appeal. The Lofts was the first modular community constructed in Nassau County, a sprawling area of more than 1.3 million people, abutting Brooklyn and Queens.

The developers, La Cite Development, used Clayton Homes as its modular builder, and were shocked at the rapidity with which the units were made and delivered.

“They built all of our units before our concrete dried in the dirt,” says Dan Bythewood, La Cite’s CEO. “As somebody who’s been involved in the industry a long time, that was incomprehensible. We had to store boxes at the Nassau Coliseum.”

For more, check out Jerry Ascierto's article on Housing Finance.

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