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Proposed Changes in MH Regulations in Oregon

July 23rd, 2012 Comments off

MailTribune from southern Oregon tells MHProNews students from Southern Oregon University are proposing an overhaul to the city government’s 20 year-old manufacturing housing code to allow MH to be erected with less restrictions which could also add to the affordable housing stock in Ashland, OR. As presented to the Ashland Housing Commission, the proposal would include dropping the requirement that homes be at least 28 feet wide on individual lots and 12 feet wide in housing developments. The students also proposed doing away with requiring individual lots to have a detached garage or outbuilding. Ashland City Councilwoman Carol Voisin, saying the student’s “research is solid,” suggested manufactured housing could be a solution to the problem of homelessness in the city.

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CO Detectors Required in Manufactured Housing

July 17th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has learned that of a new state regulation requiring approved carbon monoxide detectors to be installed in all new and existing manufactured homes and multi-family manufactured homes effective July 1, 2012, whether occupied or sitting in inventory on a dealer’s lot. According to the law firm of Hart, King & Coldren of Santa Ana, California, RC (residential code) 315 , adopted by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), requires all MH with a fuel-burning appliance to have the detectors, including those designed to have an attached garage, exempting only totally electric homes. Existing law requires all rental single-family dwelling units intended for human occupancy with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage to have approved carbon monoxide detectors as of July 1, 2011; and all multi-family rental units must have the CO detectors in place by Jan. 1, 2013.

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Goal 90% Complete

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

Contributions to the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum have reached 90 percent of the $100,000 Ingram Family Challenge Grant. When Darryl Searer, president of the Hall, asked for a couple of angels to step forward on July 3, he got his wish: Roy Beck, retired co-founder of The Beck Corporation, and Jason Lippert, chairman of Lippert Components, Inc., each donated $10,000 and Bill Fenech, former Thor Industries executive, kicked in $5,000. With only $9,945 to be raised by the Aug. 31 deadline, Searer says, “I’m hopeful that we can reach our goal by August 6 which is the date of the Class of 2012 Induction Dinner and Annual Golf Classic. It would be a great addition to the celebration to be able to announce during those ceremonies that we have reached our goal ahead of schedule.” MHProNews.com has learned Robert ‘Boots’ Ingram got his nickname from wearing oversized boots when he was a child working in his father’s meat shop.

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Drew’s Kinro Acquires Agile

July 16th, 2012 Comments off

RVDailyReport says Kinro, Inc., a subsidiary of Drew Industries, Inc. and supplier of components for the recreational vehicle (RV) industry, announces that it has acquired the thermoforming design and production operation of Agile Vehicle Modifications, which produces plastic components for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the aftermarket industry. Acquisition price was $300,000 with an additional $150,000 possible depending upon sales for one year. Agile has revenues of under $1 million. Kinro is based in Elkhart, Indiana and will lease Agile’s existing facility, also in Elkhart. MHProNews.com knows Drew supplies a wide array of components for the RV and MH industries.

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MHARR to HUD: You’re Not Hitting the Nail on the Head

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

In its Washington Update, the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR) is seeking federal support for public and private chattel lending to expand capital, liquidity, and number of lenders for the low to moderate income manufactured home buying market. Noting it is not likely for any major policy change to happen before the November elections, MHARR paints several scenarios of post election power with Dodd-Frank on the cutting board, ranging from a Republican president and Congress, repeal of the law may be possible, to a Democratic White House and Congress wherein no major reforms would happen, perhaps just a few tweaks to the law. The report also states Congress has voted to cut the HUD program funding from $6.5 million authorized in the 2012 FY to $4 million for 2013. MHARR has long advocated for MH program funding to correspond to industry production, and has called on Congress to closely examine HUD’s MH budget. The association says for the third straight month the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC) has been rendered inactive by HUD’s alleged “glitch” in not paying the administering organization, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), for invoices dating back to 2009. MHARR suspects the “glitch,” which they were told was remedied several weeks ago, “could be yet another intentional effort to undermine a key element of the 2000 law.” For the full report, please click here.

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MH Developer Persists

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

Following a story we last published Sept. 19,2001 concerning the five year battle over a proposed development of two MHCs in Oxford, Connecticut, Garden Homes Management has resubmitted plans for the property, this time proposing 126 manufactured homes, reports the oxford-ctpatch. Opposition has come from the neighborhood and the Oxford Conservation Commission which oversees wetlands it says the development would disturb, a decision upheld by a Superior Court ruling. Garden Homes now says certain activities on tap at the development do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Inland Wetlands Agency. MHProNews.com has learned the newest plan will be considered at the July 23 meeting of the Oxford Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands Agency meeting.

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Council Denies Rezoning for MH Placement

July 12th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we posted yesterday, July 10, yourdailyjournal reports the Rockingham (North Carolina) City Council denied a request from Charles Seago to rezone land from business to residential so he could site four additional manufactured homes on the property on which he already has five MH. Although the city’s planning board supported the request, the city council, noting the property is adjacent to Interstate 74, said they had invested $1.1 million in water and sewer infrastructure to encourage industrial and business development at all four sides of the interchange. Mr. Seago responded that would be good for him because his land would be more valuable, but commercial development is not now happening. However, MHProNews has learned, the council insisted on protecting their investment, saying they must plan for future commercial development.

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High Dollar Modular

July 10th, 2012 Comments off

The Boston Globe reports prefabricated housing, once thought of as somewhat lowly, is going upscale. A $2 million modular home in Wellesley, Massachusetts boasts four bedrooms, granite marble kitchen, mahogany floors, six bathrooms, second-floor decks, and a spacious living room with fireplace in the 5,900 square foot home. Haven Custom Homes of Selinsgrove, PA shipped the home in modules to the site. The general contractor for the house is planning a $3 million modular home also in Wellesley. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) says modular homes account for 2.5 percent of all new construction, and notes that in 2010 a factory-built house averaged $138,125 as compared to $204,533 for a site-built home. As we at MHProNews know, as additional MH and MOD homes go up in higher end neighborhoods, the stigma long associated with factory-built homes begins to disappear.

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Personnel Changes at ELS

July 5th, 2012 Comments off

RVBusiness tells us that Ellen Kelleher, vice president-property management at Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELS) for almost 20 years, is retiring at the end of the year. Her duties will be assumed by others in the organization. Other personnel changes, and their new positions include: Peter Underhill, senior vice president-revenue management; Ron Bunce, senior vice president West Operations; Brad Nelson, senior vice president East Operations; Seth Rosenberg, senior vice president of marketing; Jim Phillips, senior vice president, sales; and Dave Kozy, vice president, customer relations. MHProNews.com has learned ELS has an interest in or controls 382 MH and RV communities in the U.S. and British Columbia, Canada, consisting of 141,077 sites.

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NY Funds to Replace pre-HUD Code Homes

July 3rd, 2012 Comments off

The DailyNewsOnline reports a $400,000 New York state grant to replace pre-1984 factory-built homes with new MH will be directed by Genesee Counties’ Housing Initiative Committee in collaboration with the non-profit Pathstone Corporation. The goal is to replace eight owner-occupied homes in Genesee and Orleans Counties with energy-efficient units. There are 25 out-of-code homes in the two counties. The maximum grant available is $46,000, but the family must own both the home and the property. MHProNews.com has learned applicants who live in an MHC do not qualify.

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