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Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

April 21st, 2017 Comments off
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A view inside the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park. Credit: STL Today.

Just outside of St. Louis, Missouri, a developer is dealing with the reality that sometimes, trying to do the right thing isn’t always enough.

In a story the Daily Business News originally covered here, the city of Chesterfield’s only manufactured home community, Chesterfield Mobile Home Park, had rumors swirling about a potential sale of the community, and the development of almost 300 apartments where it currently sits.

According to STL Today, Mike Lang, who leads developer Amerwest Development LLC of West Palm Beach, Fla., wants to minimize disruption of the families in the community and provide the help necessary for residents to transition should his bid to buy the site go through.

We would be as equitable as possible,” said Lang.

I’m sensitive to the fact that they’re there. I’m not interested in creating huge upheaval.”

The area has become a hot bed for developers, as large companies such as Monsanto, Bunge, Reinsurance Group of America and Pfizer are building new employment centers in Chesterfield. The city is one of the region’s most affluent suburbs.

Yes, we’re going to disrupt people’s lives,” said Lang. “But the question is: Am I going to do it, is someone else going to do it?”

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With zoning hearings coming in the near future, Lang’s ability to purchase the community is still far from a done deal. And some residents in the community are gearing up for a fight.

Some residents gathered last week at one of those zoning hearings at Chesterfield City Hall to state their case.

We’re trying to get a solid front,” said Edward Ernstrom, a chiropractor who has lived in the community for 10 years. “They didn’t give us a whole lot of time to mobilize.”

Ernstrom says that many of his neighbors may struggle to afford another home in town.

There’s people there that don’t have an exit plan,” said Ernstrom. “That was the living style they could afford.”

Ernstrom also said that while community residents understood that something like this might happen because they don’t own the land under their homes, he wants to see some form of compensation to help residents relocate.

As situations like the one in Chesterfield continue to play out around the country, leaders in the manufactured housing industry provided MHProNews their take.

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As communities become surrounded and engulfed by restaurants, Hilton Hotels, stadiums, big box stores, airports, residential and commercial developments,” Jay Hamilton, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associations’ executive director told MHProNews, “property taxes begin exceeding the total revenue from renting spaces.”

The struggle over community owner’s property rights vs. land-lease community resident rights continues. Equity LifeStyle Communities Chairman Sam Zell’s view, published exclusively on MHProNews on that topic, are linked here.

In commenting on such cases, ROC USA President Paul Bradley told MHProNews,  “How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities? It’s like selling tickets to a zoo where ‘only 1 in a 100 are eaten by the lions!’”

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Paul Bradley. photo credit: Fosters.

Bradley believes that the community sector should identify those communities that may be subject to closure and redevelopment, and differentiate them between those land-lease locations that have no plans to be anything but a manufactured home community. See his statement, linked here. ##

 

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Local Developer Says MH Community Hurts Property Value

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
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North of the border, in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, in what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a housing developer is not pleased about a planned manufactured home community.

According to the Mayerthorpe Freelancer, local housing developer Tim Rosadiuk criticized Mayerthorpe’s new manufactured housing subdivision and said there is a lack of good places to build in town.

Rosadiuk, president of Cozifoam Roof Armour Systems, made a presentation to the town’s policies and priorities committee meeting on Jan. 16. In that presentation, he said the town was wrong to create a new manufactured housing subdivision on the former site of Ellis Granley Park.

The town needs to generate more tax revenue in order to improve services, be able to pave more roads, encourage population growth and density,” said Rosadiuk.

I would see that it offers up to a 30 to 50 per cent tax revenue possibility than manufactured homes for the same unit area of building space.

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Tim Rosadiuk. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

Rosadiuk also said it was hard to find places in town to develop site-built homes that do not have surroundings that would diminish the value of the property.

I was discouraged to hear that this property is being developed as more manufactured housing,” said Rosadiuk.

If I choose to build a new house in town, I am hard pressed to find a place where the surroundings won’t diminish the resale value of my new property.

After the meeting, Mayerthorpe Mayor Kate Patrick defended the decision on the manufactured home community, sighting the location.

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Mayor Kate Patrick. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

We like to keep the manufactured housing subdivisions in areas where they’re not spot zoning into regular housing areas,” said Patrick.

That area was conducive to the manufactured housings that surround it.

Patrick mentioned that development in the new subdivision is making progress with developers and they are expressing interest, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

She added that Mayerthorpe was going to look into the concerns from Rosadiuk.

We’re in the process of reviewing our land use bylaw and some of the concerns that he brought up will be addressed in the new land use bylaw,” said Patrick.

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The Daily Business News covered the controversy in Mayerthorpe recently, and also here in the U.S., where in Aiken, South Carolina, Councilman Danny Feagin was quoted as saying “As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” in relation to a proposed rezoning ordinance. ##

 

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Developer Fumes over slow Approvals, Manufactured Housing Association jumps in

November 20th, 2014 Comments off

microsuite-vancourver-sun-glenn-baglo=credit-canada-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-I don’t know why Vancouver is so behind the 8-ball on this, despite our affordability challenge,” says Jon Stovell, President of Reliance Properties, a developer in Vancouver. Barbara Yaffe says in the Vancouver Sun  that “In 2011, Reliance refurbished the Burns Block on Hastings, transforming it from a vacant single-occupancy residence hotel into 30 microsuites. At monthly rates of $850 per suite, the building was rented out in a week.”

Stovell points out that the young and those earning $38,000-$50,000 a year need an affordable place to live. Microsuites like the one shown in the photo are popular in parts of Europe and Asia. The city relaxed its 320 square foot minimum standard to allow Reliance to build units of 226 to 291 square feet.

Vancouver’s planning director Brian Jackson admits that the city is not approving more such units in their downtown’s east side, over concerns about impact on city services, including community centers, libraries and land values. Stovell says talks are moving at a glacial pace.

British Columbia (B.C.) Housing, the Real Estate Institute of B.C., the Urban Development Institute and the Manufactured Housing Association of B.C. Is investing $30,000 in a survey through December focused on small housing options.

Yaffe state the study will “explore best practices and lessons learned in small-market unit design.” She also says it will explore views of developers, individuals or couples living in units of 500 square feet or less and families of three or more in 750 square feet or less.

The study group observes: “With land available for residential development becoming more scarce and home prices growing at a faster pace compared with incomes, small homes are becoming increasingly popular among builders and buyers.”

The groups work may reveal ways to break through the impasse between city planners and developers like Stovell who believe they offer a solution for high cost urban living.

Tien Sher Homes, which redeveloped another building with 290 and 653 square foot units from $130,900 and up has a brochure that touts they are for those “people who chose quality construction and intelligent design over sprawling square footage.” Units “maximize every square inch for the stylish comfort you require, and the vibrant lifestyle you crave.”

But isn’t it possible that some, like those getting into the Tiny House movement, are turning to such micro-units simply because of necessity and affordability?

The need for businesses, associations and government to work together to overcome barriers to affordability is clear. ##

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Triad, US Bank and Digital Leveling praise MMHF’s Show

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

purple cow show home credit patriothomesblogMHProNews.com has learned that praise for the Midwest Manaufactured Housing Federation’s show continues. “I was pleasantly surprised at our attendance at the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show…I knew the 50 year history of the show and the spirit of our industry would bring us back.” said Darrell Boyd, with Triad Financial Services. “The traffic at our exhibitor booth was brisk and it seemed the renewed positive attitude of the attendees was infectious and spilled over during the show. I talked to many other exhibitors and manufacturers and they agreed with my sentiment. With the 2012 show approaching, I’m eagerly looking forward to our continued renewed growth.” Boyd stated.  Scott MacFarlane, Vice President of National Sales Operations for U.S. Bank Manufactured Housing Services echoed the sentiment by saying,  “In 2011, we were very pleased with the results we achieved at the Louisville Show and all my account executives who attended in 2011 responded on how happy they were with the retailers they were able to talk to at the show. We are very excited about attending the 2012 Show.”  Triad and U.S. Bank will both be part of a free workshop planned for manufactured housing community operators, developers and retailers on new and updated finance programs that will take place during the 2012 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.  “The drive and resourceful nature of Dennis Hill (at Showways Unlimited) and the MMHF once again amazed and inspired everyone with the success of the 2011 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show.” said Mike East, with Digital Leveling Systems.  The Louisville Show “…is simply the official “kickoff” of the new year each season. It’s like opening the door and turning the lights on for the new year and saying “OK, We’re Open For Business-Let’s Get Going.” East explained, adding: “To miss the Louisville Show is like forgetting to flip the “OPEN” sign over in the front window. It’s just not right and leaves you with that gut feeling you missed something. So don’t miss a thing in 2012!”

(Editor’s Note: More information about the 2012 return for the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show at the indoor Kentucky Exhibition Center is found at the link above.)

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Bender MH community sells to developer

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Bender_MH_community_location,_Ft_Collins_CO_google_mapsColorodoan reports that Bender Mobile Home Park has sold to a developer who plans to redevelop the location as single family housing. Located at 912 Wood Street in Fort Collins, CO, the property has 16.7 acres, some two dozen factory built homes and some site built housing structures on it already. Developer Gino Campana traded other property he owns to the Howard E. Bender Revocable Trust, owner of the Bender MHP. Campana said he is working with the city and their resources to help relocate the residents, many of whom have lived their for decades. Residents have been notified they have roughly six months to move.

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Mare Island deal puts Blu back in Modular News

August 29th, 2011 Comments off

TimesHerald reports the Architectural Heritage and Landmark Commission unanimously approved improvements to the nearly 10 story Lennar Mare Island-owned Building 680 in preparation for an anticipated lease with housing fabricator Blu Homes. “Obviously, (we are) very close to completing a transaction with (Blu Homes),” Tom Sheaff, vice president and general manager for developer Lennar Mare Island (CA) told the commission Thursday. Sheaf said solar and wind power companies expressed interest before Lennar settled on Blu Homes. Commission chairman Wendell Quigley said the modular home manufacturer is expected to initially employ 90 people on Mare Island, building up to as many as 190. Blu Homes vice president of Operations Rob Kranenburg told the panel he expected to bring only two or three employees to the new site, because a lease provision with Lennar Mare Island requires that more than 90 percent of the new workers would come from the greater Vallejo area. Blu Homes builds eco-friendly, energy efficient homes tailored to buyers’ desired floor plans. Their homes range from $100,000 to $400,000, Kranenburg told the commission.

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