New Website

         Opticos Design has announced the launch of the newly designed website, which is a site that defines Missing Middle Housing and the role it plays in addressing the nation’s current housing crisis.  Daniel Parolek, the founding partner of Opticos, originated the term Missing Middle Housing in 2010 as a way to describe a range of multi-unit or clustered housing types compatible in scale with single-family homes that can help meet the growing demand for walkable urban living.  These building types, such as duplexes, fourplexes, and bungalow courts, provide diverse housing options to support walkable communities, local retail, and public transportation options.

         Missing Middle Housing helps solve the mismatch between the available United States housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkable communities.  Today’s young couples, teachers, single women, and baby boomers are among those looking for ways to live in a walkable neighborhood, but without the cost and maintenance burden of a detached single-family home.

         The website is designed to serve as a resource for officials, planners, and developers seeking to implement Missing Middle Housing projects.  Visitors will find clear definitions of the Missing Middle Housing types that are best for creating walkable neighborhoods, as well as information on the unifying characteristics of these building types.  There is also information on how to integrate Missing Middle Housing into existing neighborhoods and how to regulate these building types.

         In addition, the website provides an overview of how to get help enabling and delivering Missing Middle Housing in your town.  Professionals from Opticos can review comprehensive plans and zoning standards to identify barriers to Missing Middle Housing and recommend updates to remove those barriers.  They are also specialists in designing new Missing Middle Housing to meet the needs of today’s consumers and homebuyers.

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