Designing affordable housing for Egg Harbor

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Abigail Becker

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The Village of Egg Harbor is located on Lake Michigan and has a permanent population of about 250 residents. Approximatly 40% of the population is above the age of 60 and in retirement.

Because of its location on lakeside property, Egg Harbor sees a dramatic increase in population during the summer months due to tourism. Many businesses provide recreational summer activities such as boating, kayaking, gol ing, and many other activities. Seasonal employees lock to the village to provide ervices to the tourists during the summer months, but leave as soon as the tourism season ends.

Because the demographics of the village consists of an older and retired population, the cost of living is quite high. The seasonal employees hired by these businesses are often a younger and less inancially robust population; therefore, they are unable to afford the typical housing units available for rent in Egg Harbor and many of the employees only need housing for a few months. During the summer season, the need for affordable housing units increases. Businesses in the area have expressed interest in partnering with the affordable housing unit owners to provide for their employees.

The Village of Egg Harbor has provided a 1.4 acre plot of land on Harbor School Rd. to build affordable housing units as shown in Figure 1 below. They have provided a budget of $1,000,000 for the design and construction of the units along with necessary additions such as wells, stormwater retention basins, and grading of the site.

This preliminary engineering design report explores four designs for affordable housing and identi ies a geotechnical, hydrological, structural, and construction analysis of each alternative as well as a recommendation for the most feasible design option.

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Gavin Luter
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gavin@cows.org
608-261-1141

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