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Condemned Michigan MH Community Misses Deadline, Faces Demolition

June 22nd, 2016 Comments off

life'o_riley_closed_mhc_lansing_mi__wlns_tv__creditUpdating a story MHProNews last posted Aug. 28, 2015 regarding the closing of the Life O’ Riley manufactured home community (MHC) in Lansing, Michigan in 2014 after it was condemned, and subsequent forced removal of the residents because of unsanitary conditions, the MHC faced a deadline of June 18, 2016 to improve conditions and pay back utility bills.

The MHC did not meet the deadline, which was imposed by the state’s Manufactured Housing Commission, according to lansingstatejournal, although the community manager said in May the owner, William Whalen of New York, had hired workers to make needed repairs and hoped to re-open the MHC. The journal’s attempts to contact Mr. Whalen were not successful.

The city spent over $500,000 to move the 200 residents when the MHC was condemned, and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the city is filing paperwork to have the property declared a public nuisance. Moreover, city attorneys filed motions in Ingham County Circuit Court for an administrative search warrant to enter the property and do an environmental assessment that will likely result in the demolition of some of the structures.

In a press release, Bernero said, “I’ve had it. We are throwing the book at them and rightfully so. The clock has finally run out on Life O’Riley and we are now taking them to court,” said Bernero. “They left us no choice, and needless to say they had more than enough time to clean up their property.” ##

(Photo credit: wlnstv–Life O’Rily MH community, Lansing, MI)

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Measure would Empower Local Officials over Land Lease Communities

May 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story last reported on March 25, 2014 regarding the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing, Michigan condemned because of unsanitary conditions, State Representative Andy Schor introduced Bill 5513 to give local leaders more clout in dealing with problems at manufactured housing communities (MHCs). Lansing city officials knew of sanitation problems at Life O’Riley, according to, but state law prevented their intervention. Under the proposed legislation, the state maintains its primary role in policing communities, but local officials can take over responsibility if the state does not follow through when problems arise. ##

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More Oversight Sought for Manufactured Home Communities

March 25th, 2014 Comments off

Updating a story last published March 19, 2014, regarding a Michigan state legislator’s bill that would give cities more oversight of manufactured housing communities (MHCs), Rep. Andy Schor has been communicating with community owners, residents and local officials, and intends to introduce the legislation in mid-April. Referencing the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing that was condemned, displacing 85 families who were given ten days to find new lodging, he says the city was evidently not aware of the state inspections, reports The measure would encourage state and local governments to work together, while still protecting community owners and residents. ##

(Photo credit: Alan Warren/–Scio Farms Estates, Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Legislation will Give Cities more Control to Manufactured Home Communities

March 19th, 2014 Comments off

Following a story first posted March 3, 2014 regarding the condemning and shuttering of Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing, Michigan by the Ingham County Health Department, State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) plans to introduce legislation to give local authorities more control over manufactured home communities (MHCs). Currently, cities are limited in their access of MHCs, with power primarily residing with the state’s body, the Michigan Manufactured Housing Commission (MMHC), according to He wants to grant cities the authority to monitor the health and safety of residents. “I’m looking at how we can make the law so that our local units of government, the ones who are closest to the (communities), can get in there and ensure that it’s safe [and] that we don’t have raw sewage on the ground and water connections not hooked up,” said Schor to ##

(Photo credit: Triangle Mobile Home Park, Battle Creek, MI)

License to Operate Suspended at Land Lease Community

March 3rd, 2014 Comments off

A manufactured housing community has been condemned and ordered shuttered and the residents given ten days to evacuate after the Ingham County Health Department in Lansing, Michigan discovered raw sewage on the grounds and solid waste strewn about. Hundreds of people living in 85 homes at the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in south Lansing are struggling to find adequate housing elsewhere, being helped by churches and social service organizations. The last inspection at the community in April, 2013 resulted in state officials recommending the license be conditionally approved, according to After management did not respond to issues raised by inspectors in September following another inspection, the state said the license should be lifted, although it was not clear when that was to be enforced.

Ernesto “Steve” Ramirez, who manages the community for Whalen RE Holdings, says the required work on water and sewer lines will be finished next week at Life O’Riley. A complaint was allegedly filed with state regulators in 2012 against Triangle Mobile Home Park near Battle Creek, also for sewage problems, and also managed by Ramirez. Local officials say the condemnation order will not be lifted before the residents leave, as has learned. ##

(Photo credit: Triangle Mobile Home Park, Battle Creek, MI)