Taubman says families could live in 3-bedroom manufactured homes for between $700-800 a month.
Manufactured homes could be the city's solution to affordable housing and neighborhood development, according to Andy Taubman, who pitched the idea to the City Council during a briefing Tuesday.
Taubman says there has been a lack of affordable housing for working families in Corpus Christi for decades.
"The reason the problem exists is because in many neighborhoods it's not economic to build a home in a conventional manner," he said. "So what I'm proposing is to use manufactured housing in a very limited circumstance, in neighborhoods that are in need of this type of redevelopment."
Taubman showed council members photos and floor plans of the proposed homes.
"Clean, safe, housing that's aesthetically compatible with the neighborhood so that working families have a good place to live either as renters or as owners," he said.
He also went over safety, lifespan, and maintenance of the structures.
Taubman estimates a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom manufactured home would cost a family about $50,000. It could cost an additional $25,000 to lay foundation and prepare to build the home, and buying the lot could be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to $15,000.
In his presentation, Taubman said a family could pay $700-800 dollars a month to cover mortgage, insurance, and property tax for a manufactured home.
One concern that has been brought up by council members is that manufactured homes could start appearing all over the city. Taubman says while the concept could be expanded to different neighborhoods if successful, the city would have the power to regulate where manufactured homes could be built.
"One of the legitmate fears is, say I have a multi-hundred thousand dollar home and somebody's going to put manufactured housing next to it. This proposal is not to put manufactured homes throughout the city," he said. "This is to put it in the neighborhoods where there's a need for redevelopment, where there are good people living there, and this is really how you bring working families into neighborhoods to help those neighborhoods revitalize and reestablish themselves."
The briefing was for Council information only, no vote was taken.