Local location sought for MicroPAD housing development

Local site being sought for MicroPAD housing development
Photo courtesy of Panoramic Interests

Officials with the city of Richmond and Contra Costa County are looking for “an appropriate location” to build a multi-unit MicroPAD housing development, which is being seen as a possible solution to homelessness in the city and county.

Further details are set to be provided at a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Richmond City Hall, according to a joint news advisory released Monday by the offices of Mayor Tom Butt and County Supervisor John Gioia.

The MicroPAD is a 160-square-foot prefab dwelling unit that local officials believe can provide “affordable, scalable and livable opportunities for the area’s homeless residents.”

Representatives of Panoramic Interests, creators of the microPAD, are planning to attend Tuesday’s news conference. In a promotional video (see below), Panoramic Interests owner Patrick Kelly says a 200-unit building using stackable MicroPADs can be created in less than 12 months.

MicroPADs feature 9-foot ceilings, a cooking area, bathroom, shower, bed, desk, armoire, bamboo floors and quartz-stone countertops, Kelly says.

According to the company, the cost of constructing a MicroPAD is less than half of building conventional supportive housing. The units, which can be stacked 12-stories high, are pre-fabricated off-site, thus mitigating city construction costs and limiting inefficiencies in on-site building, the company said.

MicroPAD developments have been proposed for San Francisco, and the cities of Oakland and Berkeley were reportedly moving forward with plans for them.

Check back for updates after Tuesday’s press conference at RichmondStandard.com.