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Planning Board Reviews Manufactured Home Community Expansion

April 20th, 2017 Comments off
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In Belfast, Maine, members of the city’s planning board are reviewing plans to expand a manufactured home community.

According to Village Soup, the community is owned by Connecticut Property Management and sits on 22 total acres. The community currently has 21 homes, and the proposed expansion would create 31 additional homesites.

As a part of the expansion plans, Connecticut Property Management has committed to upgrading existing utilities, including water, sewer and electric services. They would also develop an estimated 22,000-square-foot recreational area with picnic tables and grills, which would be made available to residents.

The sewer system would drain to a private wastewater system pumping station within the park [sic], which would then direct the waste to a city-owned pumping station at the intersection of Congress Street and Airport Road,” said Tom Fowler, the project’s engineer.

The expansion will also require constructing nearly 2,100 linear feet of new road to serve the additional lots in the park [sic].

Fowler also explained that the expansion would impact about a third of the five acres of wetlands on the property. Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers are reviewing an application for a permit to disturb the wetlands, along with one addressing storm water management. A decision is expected in mid June.

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Connecticut Property Management says it does not plan to develop all of the new sites at once, but instead will do it in stages.

Planning board members were generally in agreement with the plan as presented, and said that they would not require Connecticut Property Management to conduct a traffic study. No one addressed the plans during the public comment period.

The application is expected to face additional scrutiny at a future meeting in late May.

It’s been a long time – almost 30 years – since the city fielded a a mobile home park [sic] application,” said City Planner Wayne Marshall.

In the early 1990s, the state mandated that towns identify areas where mobile home parks [sic] are allowed.” ##

 

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New Board Member Played in the NFL

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

Heraldonline reports from Toronto, Canada that Innovative Composites International, Inc. (ICI), which produces modular housing for remote locations and disaster situations, has appointed Andrew McConnell to the board of directors, replacing Chris Kruba who resigned his position. McConnell is president and CEO of Ayiigwa Corp., which works with First Nation communities regarding mineral resources and real estate issues. His business experience includes 15 years with the Royal Bank of Canada. Previous to his business career, he played football in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the National Football League (NFL). As MHProNews reported here May 25, 2012, ICI makes modular housing which consists of panels made from thermoplastic fibre reinforced composite of recyclable materials. In addition to Canada, the company also has plants in Michigan and South Carolina.

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Modulars Arrive for Habitat for Humanity

January 17th, 2012 Comments off

GreenValleyNews tells MHProNews 15 new modular homes courtesy of Habitat for Humanity have begun arriving in the greater Tuscon, Arizona, area, many still looking for owners. Applicants must be first-time buyers, and are chosen based on ability to pay, need, and willingness to invest 200 hours of sweat equity in their new home. The buyers must have a small deposit to put down on the three bedroom homes, and they receive an interest free 15-25 year loan. Their payments return to a revolving fund to build more homes. Habitat’s board of directors and staff supervise the Homeowner Selection Committee, comprised of community volunteers, one of whom lives with his two sons in a Habitat home. The homes are 50 percent completed by students at Sahuarita High School, just south of Tuscon, and then trucked to the site for installation. Buyers must complete home ownership and budget planning courses as part of the program.

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Buy Buffet’s Brain, says Analyst

January 13th, 2012 Comments off

The Motley Fools’ Robert Eberhard tells MHProNews.com an investment in Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-B) stock benefits from being a company, or stock, hand-picked by Warren Buffett. Eberhard compares it to investing in a no-loan mutual fund. The stock is less expensive than it has been recently, and Berkshire’s board has authorized the repurchase of shares for the first time ever. He notes that while the main source of Berkshire’s income is from insurers and re-insurers , the company is poised to take advantage of a resurging housing market. In addition to Clayton Homes, which has about 45 percent of the manufactured housing business in the U.S., Berkshire owns Johns-Manville, Acme Brick, Benjamin Moore Paints, Shaw carpets, and has shares of Home Depot. The company’s holdings in Wells Fargo and US Bancorp, both of which have large mortgage divisions, comprise 12 percent of its investment portfolio. Friday, Jan. 13, the stock closed at $77.77.

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Employees of MH Component Manufacturer Help the Needy

December 27th, 2011 Comments off

GoshenNews reports from Goshen, Indiana, that employees of Lippert Components, Inc., donated gifts valued at more than $5,000 to members of the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen who otherwise would not have a Christmas. Food was provided to many families during the holidays, and 175 gift bags were distributed to elementary school-aged children. Jason Lippert, chairman and CEO of Lippert is a long-time board member of the Boys and Girls club of Goshen, and currently serves as board chairman. He says, “At Lippert we feel a deep responsibility to help our community’s families and moreover, our community’s children. The health of our families and our children are our future.” Andy Purviance, director of the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, says, “It has been truly heartwarming to see the generosity toward our families in need. These gifts to our club families will help make a brighter Christmas for so very many.” Lippert, a subsidiary of Drew Industries, Inc., provides the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle (RV) industries with a variety of products including chassis, axles, entry doors, leveling and stabilization equipment, suspension products, and fabricated steel parts.

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