League Members Invited to News Conference Thursday about Potential Housing Solution

Posted on September 19, 2022 by Matt Bach

You are invited to a press announcement happening later this week involving a potential solution to Michigan’s housing crisis.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, you are welcome to attend a news conference where the Michigan Municipal League is rolling out an exciting new publication, “This Used to be Normal: Pattern Book Homes for 21st Century Michigan“, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Go here to get a sneak peak of the new publication.

With rent and mortgage costs rising and communities across the state challenged to develop enough housing for their residents, we have reached back into the past to develop new strategies to help communities add more housing options to their existing neighborhoods.

The “This Used to Be Normal Pattern Book” offers free construction plans for multi-family housing using designs modeled after popular kit homes built during the state’s housing boom in the early part of the 20th century. Home builders can choose from two-family homes and fourplexes that use architectural themes designed to fit into existing Michigan neighborhoods. The second part of the book provides a toolkit to help communities modernize their zoning codes to allow for more multi-family construction envisioned in the Pattern Book.

We are very proud of this work and Michigan is one of the few places in the country who have created a tool like this (the only one at a statewide level). We hope our members will join us at the virtual news conference this week to learn more and help us promote the Pattern Book in your own communities!

WHEN: 10 am, Sept. 22, 2022

WHERE: Virtual news conference via Zoom, click here to join.


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