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NYC testing modular, stackable post-disaster housing

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OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno on Tuesday announced that a prototype of interim post-disaster housing has been set up. It is a factory-made modular stackable unit that can keep disaster victims in their own neighborhood in permanent housing quickly.

Several city employees will live on and off for the next year in the townhouse-like stack of one three-bedroom unit and two one-bedroom units.

The basic model, a 480-square-foot one bedroom unit, has a combined living room and kitchen, a wheelchair-accessible bathroom, and a small bedroom.

The architect who designed this modular interim housing with indoor heating and air conditioning said it can be placed on city land or even on top of a large store, and can be set up in days. The stack in Downtown Brooklyn took just two days to go from delivery to livable.

What is not clear is the cost effectiveness. The architect said a single one-bedroom unit costs $132,000 now. With mass production, it could go down to $100,000.

Federal officials helped fund the testing, but are still examining them.

If operational and financially viable, it will be at least two years before the stackable housing could house disaster victims in New York City.

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