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City taking control manufactured home community’s water system

September 30th, 2011 Comments off

MorganCountyCitizen reports that the Madison City Council (GA) has tentatively agreed to the purchase of the Madison Woods manufactured home community’s water supply. The commitment depends on Madison City Manager David Nunn completing a payment schedule on $56,000 in back water and sewage services owed the city by Madison Woods owner John Lowe. Nunn said currently, about 40 residents paid deposits and have become city water customers. He also said the city had to do minor repair work to the system but that the costs of the repairs were reasonable. Lowe and his daughter, Daphne, were praised for beginning to completely renovate the 22-acre community, starting in 2005. Lowe removed older, pre-HUD Code and substandard housing, trimmed or removed growths of underbrush and pine trees. The positive changes began attracting new clients seeking quality affordable housing. The report noted that for years the Lowes donated a renovated house during the Christmas season to a deserving family.

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i-House Net Zero Utilities draws eco-positive attention

August 12th, 2011 Comments off

ihouse Clayton Green-Bridge-Farm-Chevy-Volt-posted on Manufactured Home Marketing Sales Management MHMSM.com MHProNews.com JetsonGreen reports the completion of another i-House in eco-friendly Green Bridge Farm. The 25 lot subdivision is located in Effingham County, GA. The owner, Charles Davis, doesn’t expect to have an electric bill because the home has a butterfly roof with solar panels. The home is generating enough electricity to also power the owner’s Chevy Volt. The i-House is built by Berkshire Hathaway’s Clayton Homes, which has garnered considerable media coverage for this factory built home due to its green design features.  For example, TreeHugger has praised the modular/prefab design, while encouraging a HUD Code design version of the home.  TreeHugger notes that eco-friendly developments such as Green Bridge Farms is a positive option for the placement of the i-House.

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