Posts Tagged ‘closure’

San Antonio Mission Trails MH Park Closure deadline looms

January 9th, 2015 Comments off

2015-01-09_0458mission-trails-mobile-home-park-closure-ksat12-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-The deadline for the closure of Mission Trails is January 15, but for the 6 households still living at the property, it looks possible one or more may miss that deadline.

As previously reported here, the San Antonio City Council voted last May for a plan that would close the Mission Trails Mobile Home Park property and make way for a mixed-use development on that location.

KSAT12  tells MHProNews  that: Onegra Perez is one of the remaining residents. Perez said she hasn’t been able to move her family, lacking the resources to do so.

I would like to be able to relocate to a place where I’m safe,” said Perez. “Where I can raise my children in a safe and stable way.”

One of the posted comments on the KSAT website by ‘KHI’ reads, “From the picture of these very dilapidated structures and trash all over the ground – how can anyone raise a family there?” ‘SAKnows’ posted, “This was a ghetto and the city should have inspected it years ago.”

Not only are home owners impacted by conditions in a land-lease community, but so too is the image of the industry at large. While a headline grabbing media often lacks the right stuff to provide a balanced report, investors and manufactured housing professionals have the opportunity to turn such ‘black eye’ local stories into victories for all, given the right approaches.

While it doesn’t catch mainstream media headlines often enough, there are good thousands of manufactured home communities done right. One of many examples of smart approaches that are good for residents and good for business are highlighted in the interview with Gary McDaniel of Yes! Communities, found at the link on his name. ##

Related article, Negative images of manufactured housing in the media, do we just accept it

(Photo credit: KSAT12)

Gentrification and Community Closure playing out

December 3rd, 2014 Comments off

texas-mission-hills-mobile-home-park-san-antone-mary-tuma-sacurrent-credit-posted-mhpronews-Gentrification has become a hot topic in many parts of the U.S.. MHProNews   took a look at the issue as it’s playing out for residents in a manufactured home community (MHC) in San Antonio.

New residents coming to downtown are a welcome sight to local businesses. So a planned mixed use development coming to the area is welcome, but it is coming at the cost of the homes for those in a south side MHC that is set to be closed.

Former mayor, Julian Castro – who has since become Secretory for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – called for a task force of civic leaders and council members to examine the issue of gentrification and how its impact can best be handled. This, mySA says, followed the controversial decision to close a MH Community, which forces the removal of hundreds of families.

Brenda Reyna, says the ExpressNews, spent years several thousands on a three-bedroom home for her son and daughter in the Mission Trails community on the South Side. “This is my neighborhood for many years,” she said in Spanish.

The City Council rezoned the property last May so a $75 million, high-end mixed-use development, that will include 400 apartments.

Part of the plan would call for a guaranteed sum to those displaced. Staffers are looking at how other cities have dealt with similar issues, looking for options. They’re considering low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), zoning incentives and a bond election to help fund projects, including affordable housing.

For those moving out early, a $2500 incentive was offered by the developer. Nicole Elizalde Henning, an attorney working on behalf of Mission Trails residents, criticized the developer White-Conlee and the seller, American Family Communities.

Economic improvements and answers to how funds are distributed so they “benefit the current residents as well as future residents coming in,” are being reviewed, said Rod Radle, a member of the task force and former executive director of San Antonio Alternative Housing Corp. “I think anyplace where you don’t have a public policy in place that encourages mixed-income development, you will have potential for problems.

Redevelopment using aging manufactured home communities – often referred to as ‘mobile home parks’ – has been taking place for some years in much of the U.S.. Some estimates are that over 5,000 MHCs have closed since 2000 nationally, often in favor of redevelopment for commercial or residential use.

For a prior report earlier into the action leading to the closure of this community, click here. ##

(Photo credit: SA Current)

joseine-josie-thompson-writer-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com50x50-Article submitted by Josie Thompson to – Daily Business News – MHProNews  

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Giving LLC Residents a Voice

September 27th, 2013 Comments off

Following a story we last posted Sept. 11, 2013 regarding a California measure that would give land lease community (LLC) residents and local jurisdictions a voice when community owners seek to redevelop the real estate, MHProNews has learned Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation into law. While local government has no actual power to prevent the conversion of the property even if a majority of community residents do not approve, SB 510 will avert costly litigation that has plagued dozens of cities because the law of property rights has not been clear. Sponsored by Rep. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett says, “This bill protects affordable housing, protects local governments and taxpayers, and brings closure to many years of litigation over this issue.” As says, there are approximately 5,000 lLLCs in California comprised of one million residents.

(Photo credit:–manufactured homes in Calif.)

Manufactured Housing Supports Washington State Parks

June 12th, 2013 Comments off

As tells MHProNews from Olympia, Wash., the Manufactured Housing Recreational Vehicle (MHRV) Show Association has donated a portion of its ticket sales from shows in Feb. and May, 2013 to Washington State Parks. A special presentation was held in Olympia when the association presented a check for $7,188 to Assistant Parks Director Mike Sternback. MHRV show director Dave Helgeson says, “Over 40 Washington State Parks are at risk of closure due to massive budget cuts so we felt we needed to help in some way.” The MHRV promotes the manufactured home and recreational vehicle industries in Washington.

(Photo credit:  mhvillage–Ranch Mobile Home Park)

MHC Residents Seek Closure Ordinance

March 15th, 2013 Comments off

The dailypilot informs MHProNews from Costa Mesa, Calif., just south of Los Angeles, a number of MHCs, especially those with a view of the ocean, may be on the verge of conversion to condominiums or other types of development. The Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL) has been meeting with residents of some of the 18 MHCs in Costa Mesa seeking support to encourage city council to pass an ordinance governing the closure of MHCs. A measure was approved by the planning commission about ten years ago but failed to pass the city council. That initiative began following the closing of two MHCs in which some of the residents allegedly faced an uncertain future when they did not receive fair compensation.

(Photo credit: Christopher Weddle/centredailytimes–MHC emptying out)


More Lucrative to Develop MH Property

January 24th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from oregonnow that one of the 14 MHCs that have closed in the Portland, Oregon area since 2005, Baseline Woods Mobile Home Park, in Aloha, will soon see the rise of 230 apartments and 300 homes. While the developer says the housing is needed to respond to job growth, real estate agent and chair of a community group, Eric Squires, states the MH closure means there is less affordable housing in the area.

(Image credit: MapQuest–Site of former Baseline MHC)

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.)

Measure Outlines MHC Closure Rules

October 31st, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a post we published Oct. 26, 2012 regarding legislation Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett signed to protect residents of MHCs that close, LehighValleyLive informs MHProNews the drive for this measure began in 2006 when 50 families of the Barbosa Mobile Home Park in Northampton County were given 30 days to vacate with no required relocation expense. Ashley Development Corp., which had planned condominiums for the site, ended up providing $250,000 for relocation expense although they did not have to. The newly-signed legislation, scheduled to take effect this Dec., requires MHC owners to inform residents within 60 days of a decision to close; allows residents six months to leave; pays them up to $4,000 relocation expense for a single section and $6,000 for a multi-section home; and pays $2,500, or the value of the home, whichever is the highest amount for those unwilling or unable to relocate. The site of the former Barbosa MHC has yet to be developed.

(Photo credit: DoylestownPatch—Penn. House of Representatives)

Funds Reinstated, Build will Continue

October 16th, 2012 Comments off

We covered a story Oct. 4, 2012 concerning the federal court-ordered closing of Duroville MHC in Mecca, Calif. due to poor housing conditions, and the fate of those living there. MyDesert reports 41 of the manufactured homes of the 180 homesite Mountain View Estates in nearby Oasis, Calif. had been delivered, funded with state redevelopment funds to relocate the residents. A recent law that eviscerated the redevelopment districts cut the funding, ending the build in March. The state just approved $10 million to complete the project. The 41 units will be move-in ready by the end of Nov., 2012, and work will begin on the 139 remaining the beginning of this Nov. The 190 factory-made homes still at Duroville, also known as Desert Mobile Home Park, house 1,200 to 1,500 mostly Native American and Latino farm workers. As MHProNews learned, a storm which deluged the community with almost six inches of rain Sept. 11, 2012 destroyed and/or damaged most of the homes, many of which were not in good shape to begin with, leading to the ordered closure.

(Photo credit: top–Denise Goolsby/TheDesertSun–Duroville

bottom–Omar Ornelas/TheDesertSun–Mountain View Estates)

Second Stone Creek Plant Folds

May 28th, 2012 Comments off reported in a story earlier today a Stone Creek Homes facility in Marshall County, Indiana south of South Bend abruptly closed its doors earlier this week, allegedly with no advance warning and without paying the 40 employees. Now word comes to us from WOWT-TV that the Stone Creek Homes plant in Central City, Nebraska in the southeast part of the state just as abruptly closed Thursday with no warning, idling 40 employees there as well. As in the Indiana closure, company officials allegedly did not return phone calls for comment. A city official said the company built modular homes. Stay tuned for further details as they unfold.

(Photo credit: WOWT-TV)