It’s a first in California. Eight 3D printed homes will soon be built in Redding after the city council voted Tuesday night to approve a loan in the amount of almost $2.5 Million to a company called Access Home which has already built affordable homes in Tempe, Arizona and Austin, Texas. The new homes to be built off of Lake Boulevard at a cost of 30-40 percent less than a traditional stick-built homes, will be available to income qualified individuals. Once the 3D printer arrives in town, each home can be built through an automated process in about 31 and a half hours each. The company will also be building homes for the park host at the Enterprise Community Park, and the John Reginato River Access Park.
The council was also set to consider a sale of city owned property that included all of Turtle Bay, the Civic Auditorium, and the Rodeo Grounds to a consortium that includes the McConnell Foundation and K2 Development. That item was unanimously scrapped from the agenda, with staff asked to come up with a set of proposals for consideration by the council in an open meeting.