Posts Tagged ‘home park’

Parts of Kennewick’s Columbia Drive without Power

November 20th, 2013 Comments off

columbia-drive-mobile-home-park-credit-tri-city-hearld-posted-daily-business-news- (3)A dispute between Columbia Drive Mobile Home Park and the town of Kennewick resulted in power being cut off to dozens of residents. The BellinghamHerald tells MHProNews that the city cut power to 24 homes, when the city alleged the 1950s electrical wiring might be a fire hazard to residents. Contractors began working on the system in late October, and have been restoring power to homes, with 6 more restored last week. ##

(Photo Credit: Bellingham Herald)

City Hopes to Upgrade Older Manufactured Home Communities

September 23rd, 2013 Comments off

The 15 manufactured housing communities (MHC) in Callaway, Florida near Panama City range from modern developments with newer homes and paved streets to older flat-roofed factory-built homes sited on rough roads with no paved parking. A 1998 ordinance regulates new MH developments, but now a city commissioner wants pre-ordinance communities to be upgraded. The owner of Sappy Lane Mobile Home Park says he will not support the city’s effort to do that. “To go in after the fact and change the rules is just wrong,” says owner Gene Walters, according to Callaway Director of Planning Michael Fuller says there must be a fair way to improve what exists now. Most of the 11 homes at Sappy Lane have skirts, some have tongues attached, and potholes lace the road, as MHProNews has learned. Walters says he rents to working families and keeps the community safe, in the interest of Callaway. The issue will be on next month’s agenda, says Fuller.

(Photo credit: Heather Leiphart/thenewsherald–Sappy Lane Mobile Home Park, Callaway, Florida)

Debate Continues over Former Land Lease Community Property

August 19th, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews first published Sept. 5, 2012 regarding the closing of Hilltop Mobile Home Park in State College, Pennsylvania, and last covered May 23, 2013 when the owners settled with the attorney general over payment relocation expenses, the planning commission is considering new options for the property. The property was sold by Kenneth Mayes and his sister Sharon Mayes to Trinitas Ventures, who initially proposed R3 high density housing for the site. The planning commission turned down that request, so Trinitas is now proposing a mix of mostly R2 housing, which is low-to-moderate income housing, and a strip of R1, which is low density. Murmurs continue to return the land to manufactured housing, but reports the Mayes have a deal signed with Trinitas to purchase the land if it is rezoned. The meeting will be Tuesday night, Aug. 20, 2013.

(Photo credit: Christopher Weddle/centredailytimes–Hilltop Mobile Home Park emptying)

Rent Control for Town Passed by State House

August 13th, 2013 Comments off

Residents at Brookside Mobile Home Park complaining about rising rents in their community has led to a state bill authorizing rent and eviction control rules in Acushnet, Massachusetts. Town Meeting members approved a home rule petition in June, 2012 that established a rent control board to oversee the town’s four manufactured housing communities. Sponsored by state Rep. Robert H. Koczera, D-New Bedford, southcoasttoday tells MHProNews the measure was approved by the House of Representatives and was sent to the Senate.

(Photo credit: MHProNews–manufactured housing community)

Land Lease Community Donates to United Way

August 9th, 2013 Comments off

Manufactured Housing Community Lake Erie MHP, LLC in Fredonia, New York is donating $250 to the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County for each home sold in its community, and presented the organization with a check for $1,000. The former McClenathan’s Mobile Home Park in Fredonia, in far western NY state with 159 homesites, is now owned by Lake Erie MHP which has carried out extensive upgrades in the community this year. According to observertoday, partner Scott Gladstone says, “We have worked with United Ways in other communities and look forward to working with the United Way of Northern Chautauqua County.” MHPronews has learned Lake Erie MHP is one of 11 land lease communities owned by Freehold Real Estate Management of Gales Ferry, Connecticut, a private real estate investment group with manufactured housing communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York.

(Photo credit: Freehold Real Estate Management)

Moving pre-HUD Code Homes Challenging

August 6th, 2013 Comments off

While it is true that some older, pre-HUD Code homes may not be worth moving (except to the resident who cannot afford a better one), Robert Cochran, manager of Contempo Mobile Home Park in Spokane, Washington, disputes the notion that some homes are too old to be moved. While they may not be mobile, they can be moved by flatbed truck. However there are legal hurdles to towing one on highways if it was built before 1976, although that law can be waived if the home is moved because a community is closing. While WA law forbids banning homes from a community because of age, there are restrictions governing the condition of a home, and some may need to have utility systems upgraded to be accepted into new communities. In any case, state law requires homeowners be given 12 months notice in cases of a community closing, and as informs MHProNews, the state can provide relocation assistance for low-income residents forced to move.

(Photo credit: Matthew J. Silver)

Rent Control Passes Massachusetts House

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews last published Feb. 15, 2013 regarding a freeze on rents residents of Easton Mobile Home Park won in Easton, Mass. in 2005, and then lost in 2011 when the freeze expired, community residents may see a rent control bill passed in the Mass. legislature that they hope will roll back the increase. On July 29 House lawmakers passed House Bill 1106 which the 200 homeowner residents of Easton Mobile Home Park say will protect them from unfair rent hikes and evictions. The bill, which provides for a locally-appointed rent control board, now goes to the Senate. Meanwhile, the residents are negotiating with owner Morgan Management LLC to purchase the community and form a cooperative. According to enterprisenews, a 1993 law requires community owners to assist residents to move if the community closes.

(Photo credit: Greg Derr/patriotledger–Westwood Village Cooperative, Plymouth MA)

School Building Manufactured Home Community for Staff

July 9th, 2013 Comments off

The Midland City Council in Midland, Tex. approved a one-year temporary use permit for a 70-unit manufactured home community to house Midland Independent School District’s (ISD) teachers and other employees. Updating a story MHProNews posted June 25, 2013, the council chose to develop ISD owned property instead of leasing sites in Stonegate Mobile Home Park. Energy fields being developed nearby are drawing workers to the area seeking housing, driving up prices and lowering the vacancy rate in town, making it difficult for ISD to attract much needed teachers. As mywesttexas says, 100 to 210 staff members will be housed in the manufactured homes, depending on whether teachers want to have roommates.

(Photo credit: rileytransport–manufactured home on the move)

Manufactured Housing Community to Close, may be Rebuilt

July 9th, 2013 Comments off

Debate continues in Williamstown, Mass. about the feasibility of retaining a 224 homesite manufactured housing community that sits in a 100-year flood plain for affordable housing. The Board of Selectmen of Williamstown, Mass. has voted to ask the Conservation Commission to remove the site from conservation restrictions, and then inquire of developers the feasibility of building affordable housing on the site. Advocates of the Affordable Housing Committee are pushing for more information on the project, with the hopes of it being developed, while most of the town residents who spoke at the meeting do not want the proposal to go forward. A discussion with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, which has jurisdiction over development in a flood plain, has been set for July 15. Meanwhile, remaining residents of the Spruces Mobile Home Park are in the middle, not knowing when Williamstown may take possession of the community from current owner Morgan Management. By state law, as iberkshires informs MHProNews, residents must be given two years’ notice of when the community will close.

(Photo credit: thinkstock–manufactured housing community)

Ordinances Prevent Rehabbing of Land Lease Community

July 5th, 2013 Comments off

Having recently spent $55,000 to upgrade infrastructure at the Country Squire Mobile Home Park in Harker Heights, Tex., that he acquired last fall, and another $30,000 for a new manufactured home model, Kip Lewis’ plans to rehabilitate the community are being stymied by the city council. He wants to replace 40-year old, abandoned homes with brand new ones, but current spacing guidelines require 35 feet between the homes. He also needs a planned development permit, but manufactured housing communities are not included in planned development projects. Lewis has applied for a precursory ordinance amendment to follow through on rehabbing the community. Although City Manager Steve Carpenter says the homes deteriorate over time, he feels they can come to some compromise, according to what informs MHProNews. Lewis will present his proposal to the planning and zoning commission July 31 in this city just north of Austin.

(Photo credit: Brian Bradley/kdhnews–Harker Heights community)