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Pre-built 'Metro Flats' envisioned in Lansing
By Lindsay VanHulle | LSJ
March 9, 2014
Harry Hepler has a plan for a vacant lot near his Motor Wheel Lofts apartments.
Hepler, the developer behind several high-end, loft-style rental units in Lansing, wants to build 200 apartments, mostly one-bedroom, and rent them for between $500 and $600 per month.
They won’t be traditional apartments, however. They’ll be prefabricated and modular, built as individual units and assembled later.
“We are looking to raise the bar,” said Steve Purchase, vice president of Hepler’s development company, H Inc.
Called Metro Flats, Hepler’s team envisions four buildings near Oakland Avenue and Prudden Street in Lansing. One-bedroom units would be between 500 and 600 square feet, with phone-controlled appliances, flexible space and adaptable furniture. Two- and three-bedroom units also are being considered, Hepler said.
Ultimately, Hepler plans to build the units in Lansing and transport them by rail to other cities, where he or other developers could assemble them.