Posts Tagged ‘city hall’

Massachusetts Mystery Home

February 3rd, 2016 Comments off

question_mark_houses__fotosearchA home in Lowell, Massachusetts that, says a neighbor who saw it delivered, is a manufactured home, is causing consternation at city hall, accoding to lowellsun. Mayor Ed Kennedy says it is a trailer and since they are not allowed by law, he wants it removed. At the Jan. 26 City Council meeting he said, “If you had 20 of these, it would look like a trailer park.”

Meanwhile, Lowell’s Building Commissioner Shaun Shanahan says his research indicates it is a manufactured home, a city building permit from last month refers to it as a modular home, and an electrical permit from 2014 refers to it as a mobile home.

The Pawtucketville Citizens Council and Councilor Bill Samaras would like to see the structure moved. MHProNews understands the matter was referred to the council’s zoning subcommittee. ##

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Texas Town Developing New Ordinance

May 30th, 2013 Comments off

As it is noted in the aransaspassprogress, the Ingleside on the Bay (IOB) City Council (Tex.) heard recommendations from a committee wanting to update the city’s MH/RV ordinance. They suggested no manufactured homes should be sited in the city, and RVs may visit an occupied dwelling for three days if self-contained and 14 days if connected to utilities. The visitor will have to register arrival and departure dates at City Hall and pay a $5 fee. No action was taken on the proposals. MHProNews has learned IOB is across the Corpus Christi Bay from Corpus Christi, Tex.

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Community Owner Fights City Hall and Wins

January 25th, 2013 Comments off

As follow up to a story we posted Dec. 4, 2012 concerning the Huntington Beach (Calif.) City Council approving a subdivision map for an MHC to become a resident-owned community, MHProNews learned that after a superior court judge charged the city council and city attorney with contempt, the city council agreed to the community owner’s entire agenda. With the efforts of HK&C’s law firm, the council reversed its vote after previously approving the subdivision map. The agenda includes affirming and reinstating the map, and instructing the city attorney to appeal a court order that set aside a contempt of court hearing scheduled for Feb. 8, 2013. Attorney Rob Coldren says, “The City had already lost a lawsuit after denying a subdivision application based on the claim that some of the tenants homes encroached into a city right of way.”

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MHC Closing

December 3rd, 2012 Comments off

The Province in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada says the last of four seniors at Abbotsford’s Garden Village MHC, which once was home to 101 residents will be moving before the official closure of the community Jan. 15. While provincial law requires owners to give residents 12 months written notice plus 12 months free rent before eviction, Garden Village management went door-to-door 18 months in advance to tell occupants of the intention to close. In addition, the owner provided some with two years free rent plus $4,000 in moving expenses, and assisted them in finding new places to live. Garden Village is closing because its water system is 50 years old and replacing the plumbing would be too costly. As MHProNews has learned, although the property may be redeveloped, there are currently no plans on file with city hall.

(Photo credit: Gerry Kahrmann/The Province—Sonja Ros on the porch of her home.)

City Forgives Loan to Would be Co-op

September 27th, 2012 Comments off

According to smmirror, the city of Santa Monica, California loaned the Mountain View Mobile Home Inn Residents Association $272,000 in 1996 to convert the property to a co-op owned by the residents. When the plan was determined to not be feasible, City Hall purchased the property in 2000 and maintained it as affordable housing inventory. However, $124,977.01 of the loan was actually dispersed and the city has now decided to forgive the loan, because it is providing affordable housing in the community. MHProNews has learned over a 12-year period, the city made $5 million in infrastructure upgrades and replaced 19 of the travel trailers and factory-built homes with sustainable manufactured homes.

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City Turns Back Modular Housing Bid

May 14th, 2012 Comments off

As follow-up to a story we posted March 16, 2012, a developer, Dan Coen, had proposed two modular housing developments comprised of 31 four and eight-person living quarters to house oil and gas workers in the energy boom now hitting the Carrollton County, Ohio area. Land that leased for $5 an acre five years ago is now going for almost $6,000 an acre, and county officials estimate 75-95 percent of the whole county is under lease to one of the dozen companies drilling. CommunityPress tells rental housing prices have tripled, created by demand for living quarters. City hall turned down Coen’s request for the modular units, even though Coen said he would convert the units to single-family homes once the project ends. He is now looking at renting homes in MHCs to the workers.

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