We will need housing within either walking distance or with close public transportation.
The most important part of line worker housing? Not having to use a car for commuting. Driving to work, especially if more than 10 miles, can add $10,000/year of additional wages. Most you may use your car everyday for work and you know the cost ownership and use. Makes for noncompetitive products in a world of price consciousness.
Even better, the employee will be more rested and have more family time. So what will we need?
Purchasing the real estate of already built or raw land is first. And as with all other real estate for the village it must be owned by the village. Outside landlords can throw wrenches into the system that cannot be allowed. So real estate investors must belong to the village and be subject to the village board or be bought out at a reasonable price at the end of the mortgage.
Housing is at three levels:
- Single and no children. A one bedroom apartment.
- Married with no children. A one or two bedroom apartment.
- Married with 2 children - a three bedroom apartment.
Garages and off street parking should be available. Parks and open areas for socializing and children.
As the employee progresses through life they can adjust their apartment type to suit. Rental prices are reasonable.
Condos could be created for people wanting to own.
If the employee no longer works in the village they must move.
Rental apartments going from studios for single workers, one bedroom units for newly married, multiple bedroom units for families.
Ownership stays with Central Services.