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Plans Move Forward on New Canadian MH Community

June 10th, 2016 Comments off

canada_bc__Sage_Creek_MHCFrom eaglevalleynews in southeast British Columbia, Canada MHProNews has learned Sicamous, BC developer Darrel Trouton is seeking municipal approval to site manufactured homes in an area targeted to affordable housing, but requiring rezoning from R1A, urban single-family home to include CSA-approved Z240, which is for manufactured homes (MH), but would include single-family.

Community planner Mike Marrs said the R1A zone was created to provide smaller lots for affordable housing, part of the conditional exclusion the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) agreed to in 2009. The proposal was then redesigned with 102 home lots and a site for a 45-unit apartment building.

Coun. Jeff Mallmes expressed concern over the inclusion of MH. Marrs replied that is not under the jurisdiction of the district, that usually the developer or property have restrictions and standards that must be met.

Town Planner Evan Parliament, noting some conditions would have to apply to maintain an R1A zone, said, “That’s why you have first reading tonight. You have to go to the referrals, but we also want an opportunity to sit down with the owner and our legal team to bring in some tools to insure the integrity of the R1 is maintained, even though we’re adding this permitted use – so the form and character, the feel of the subdivision meets the integrity of an R1A.”

The council voted in favor of the first reading with one councillor opposed. Sicamous is in southeast British Columbia. ##

(Photo credit: Sage Creek manufactured home community, British Columbia)

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Modular Homeless Shelter Planned for British Columbia

June 1st, 2016 Comments off

canadian modular   stuart gradon  calgary herald  great plains modular housing for flood victimsIn a letter to the city of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, B. C. Housing requested a second extension, this one for nine-months, to continue using the temporary housing shelter on Lougheed Highway, which would allow more time to prepare a more permanent modular housing facility, according to mapleridgenews.

The 40-bed temporary shelter was originally set to close March 31, 2016 after being open six months, taking in residents from the tent camp the city closed, MHProNews understands.. That has since been extended to June 30–there was public outcry when the province arranged to convert the Quality Inn into a shelter, stopping that project dead, leaving B. C. Housing to find another site.

Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read is curious to hear what her colleagues on the city council have to say, although Councillor Bob Masse has expressed frustration with B. C. Housing because their plans fall through. But he suggests, “We really need to look at it regionally and get the province to buy in.”

Although a location has yet to be chosen for the new modular facility that will house 40 people, it would be operated by RainCity Housing for three years. ##

(Photo credit: calgaryherald/Stuart Gradon–Great Plains modular housing)

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More Manufactured Home Community Development Sought in BC

September 23rd, 2015 Comments off

mhc_sunrise_village__castanet__credit__british_columbia_canadaAt a meeting of the 350-member Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance (MHPOA) of British Columbia, Canada the buzz was about the sale of communities, which has quickly become a hot real estate sector. Last year 22 manufactured home communities (MHCs) sold, with a transaction value of $30.7 million, a 26 percent increase from the previous year.

Al Kemp, executive director of MHPOA, confirmed, “There are more buyers than sellers,” while a real estate agent said for the first time he is seeing multiple bids on quality communities in the greater Vancouver area.

Kemp, noting that many of the homes are occupied by seniors who seldom move, said the average vacancy rate is 0.8 percent, making them appealing to investors who see steady cash flow and relatively high yields.

Larger investors are seeking MHCs with 100+ home sites, but will turn their attention to portfolios of smaller ones if necessary. However, smaller, private investors are often the primary buyers of the small-town MHCs that comprise the bulk of the inventory.

Community owners will able to raise rents 2.9 percent in 2016 under BC regulations, as MHPronews has been informed by biv. Kemp says you can buy a new MH for $120,000 in Vancouver and pay less than $600 a month for site rental.

Noting 60,000 people live in manufactured homes in BC, Kemp says more than investing in MHCs, the MHPOA’s message is the lower cost of living in an MHC compared to soaring house prices in the province, and that municipalities should use zoning and tax allowances to encourage development and upgrades of MHCs. ##

(Photo credit: castanet--Sunrise Village MHC, British Columbia, Canada)

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Converted Modular Shipping Containers may house up to 100,000

September 17th, 2014 Comments off

canadian_modular_shipping_containers__jetsongreen_credit__bigsteelboxUpdating a story MHProNews last posted May 22, 2014 regarding shipping containers becoming homes for liquified natural gas (LNG) workers in northern British Columbia, the $120,000 modular units are outfitted with many home amenities including flat screen TV, computer workstation, stainless steel appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows to bring in natural light. According to, the BigSteelBox containers were chosen over wood- framed building because of their structural soundness, sustainability and need for less maintenance, especially in the cold climes of northern Canada. An earlier report states the industry may create up to 100,000 jobs by 2020, when the government intends to have three LNG plants operational in the area. ##

(Photo credit:–inside shipping container converted to home)

Black Diamond Contracts for Modular Workforce Housing in Northern British Columbia

May 26th, 2014 Comments off has learned Black Diamond Group Limited of Calgary, Alberta, Canada has inked a 1,244 person workforce camp contract for the Montney Shale region of northeastern British Columbia, expecting to generate $34 million over the three year term of the agreement. The first 622 beds will be installed during the second half of this year, with rent beginning in January, 2015. The second half of the housing is expected to be completed by April, 2015, according to Black Diamond provides remote workforce housing and associated support services across Canada, the Unites States and Australia for numerous mining, construction, engineering, military, government and education entities. ##

(Image credit:–modular workforce housing, Canada)

Canadian Park Model Builder Cries “Foul”

October 24th, 2013 Comments off

An ongoing dispute between the British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) in Canada and modular home builder Riske Creek Manufacturing and its owner Andy Tower has resulted in a recall of the company’s homes by the BCSA, which alleges the park model homes do not comply with gas and electrical certification standards and may be hazardous to occupants’ health. Tower says his homes do not fit into any particular British Columbia (BC) building code, and instead fall into a grey area between recreational vehicles and homes, alleging his homes are built beyond the demands of the Park Model codes. While says the BCSA did not respond to questions prior to this article, one BCSA safety manager said the uncertified installation of gas appliance could pose a fire and carbon monoxide risk. Tower alleges over the past two years BCSA has slandered his reputation, threatened him and cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars, MHProNews has learned. “I ask for direction on what to do, how to do it and so on and they choose not to respond to me. And the latest development has been this recall,” notes Tower. “I have an issue with their business practices. I have brought this up numerous times and they choose to ignore how their inspectors deal with people in the field.” He adds while his reluctance to deal with inspectors has compounded his problem, he has done a number of the corrections already.

(Photo credit:–Riske Creek’s Park Model home)

RV Community and Marina purchased by Equity LifeStyle Properties

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) has acquired Fiesta Key RV Resort, a 324-site resort and marina in the Florida Keys. Located in the Florida Keys on the Gulf of Mexico, ELS paid $24.6 million, according to, funded with cash. As MHProNews knows, ELS is the largest owner of manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities with 377 properties in 32 states and British Columbia, Canada, comprised of 139,288 sites. ELS, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) stock, closed up +0.46 percent at 35.52 in today’s trading.

(Photo credit: Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.–Lake Haven, Clearwater, Fla.)

Modular Workforce Development Planned for Northern Canada

September 13th, 2013 Comments off

The Britco Division of WesternOne, Inc. has entered a $100 million agreement to supply a major energy company with modular workforce accommodations in Northern Alberta, Canada. Comprised of over 1,500 rooms, says the units will be built in Britco’s facilities in British Columbia, Canada. The project will get underway in the fourth quarter of 2013 with anticipated completion date of Dec. 2015. As MHProNews knows, Britco, with headquarters in Langley, British Columbia, has 1,000 employees in Australia, Canada and the U. S., and is one of the largest modular construction companies in the industry. The name of the energy company was not immediately available.

(Photo credit: Associated Press–modular mancamp at Williston, ND)

Modular Housing Sprouting in Vancouver

August 9th, 2013 Comments off

While two different projects are underway in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada utilizing shipping containers to make modular housing, Frank Lo of MC Quarters Corp. wants to build more affordable housing in the city using the containers. His company builds modular workforce housing for logging and mining camps as well as affordable housing for Australian aboriginals. He supplied the containers for one of the Vancouver projects, a 12-unit complex for low income women, and says each of the 290 square foot apartments cost $82,500. A nearby traditional-build apartment with 320 square foot units cost $220,000 each. The vancourier tells MHProNews the city is seeking innovative ways to provide affordable housing.

(Photo credit: Ron Medvescek/arizonadailystar–modular home built from shipping containers)

Council Calls for more Manufactured Housing Communities

July 29th, 2013 Comments off

City councilors in Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada are encouraging the creation of manufactured housing communities and have set up a study to identify properties that might be developed as a viable and affordable housing option. Prompted by petitioners who are being forced out of communities where owners are seeking to redevelop the land, the city’s Official Community Plan (OCP) wants to keep the communities in the city where seniors and young people can take advantage of lower cost housing, and out of rural areas. Councilor Andy Adams says, “We certainly recognize that there is a very valuable and important need of manufactured home facilities in our community, and also recognizing the number that are being displaced, particularly over the last couple of years, and more pending.” As courierislander tells MHProNews, planning services manager Paul Stanton, noting the ill will associated with the poor quality factory-built homes of the 1950′ and 1960s, says, “Campbell River still has a few of those homes in existence that no doubt have outlived their usefulness. (But) the standards have changed dramatically. They don’t carry the same stigma they used to carry 30 and 40 years ago.”

(Photo credit: castanet–Sunrise Village MHC, British Columbia, Canada)