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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News August 20th to August 27th, 2017

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Week of Aug 13 to Aug 20, 2017.

Our new August issueOur theme for this month: Awful, Awesome August 2017 in MHVille

featured articles will be available on the MHProNews.com home page. Our May theme will be available mid-week this week.

 To see the line-up of over 2-dozen featured articles for this month, along with the headline commentary, please click the link above.

Manufactured, modular and prefabricated home professionals know that how a home got to its location should not define a person or their dwelling.

What the Daily Business News spotlights day-by-day are the tragedies, triumphs and struggles for acceptance of the obvious solution for millions for the growing affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and beyond.

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When you read the lineup for the month found on the home page, you can reflect on another motto as you chart your own professional path ahead: “We Provide, You Decide.”  ©

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$2 Million Houses – How do they stack up to buying a new Manufactured Home?

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News July 2 to July 9, 2017

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UPDATE: Appeals Court Ruling in MHC Case

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In a follow up to a story the Daily Business News originally covered in December, a Minnesota State Appeals Court ruled in favor of the new owners of the Lowry Grove Mobile Home Park in St. Anthony, in an ongoing dispute over the site’s future.

The story began back in September, when a group of Lowry Grove residents sued to block the sale of the property, testing a state law that said residents had 45 days to match an offer made on the property.

Homeowners partnered with Aeon Management, a Minneapolis based non-profit management company, to make a matching $6 million offer on June 10, the day of the deadline.

The offer was rejected; the residents sued, and Judge Joseph R. Klein ruled against the residents, writing in part that the statute “…does not grant them an unfettered ability to purchase the park [sic]. They were not deprived on that right because it was never, in fact, granted to them.

According to MPR News, while the appeals court rejected the claim, it did say said the community residents may be entitled to more money beyond the cost of their homes.

Residents did receive news in December that the deadline for closing the community has been pushed from March 15 to June 30, 2017, to allow children in the community to finish out the school year.

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The ruling is a win that provides finality for all parties,” said Traci Tomas, Vice President of The Village, LLC, the new owners of the community.

Interestingly, Alan Arthur, CEO of Aeon, also sees good in the ruling.

The court said residents may be entitled to more compensation,” said Arthur.

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Residents will use the compensation process to keep pushing for a purchase and a Minnesota Supreme Court appeal is a possibility. We have options that we will be weighing with the residents and with our attorneys.”

The original story on the Lowry Grove community is linked here.

For more on residents working to purchase their communities, including the Dover Point Cooperative in New Hampshire coming together to buy the Polly Ann Park community, click here. ##

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NIMBY? Fear? Ignorance? MHC Proposal on Hold

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In Smyrna, North Carolina, landowner Carolyn Floyd-Robinson thought she had “checked all the boxes” when she was ready to contribute to the community. The response she received from city commissioner was not what she expected.

According to the Red Springs Citizen, Robinson appeared before the commissioners this week, seeking a conditional-use permit that would allow her to establish a 43- site manufactured home community on 24 acres she owns.

The property, which Robinson has owned for more than 10 years, is farmland and located in an area zoned residential/agricultural.

This land has always been family owned and I want to enhance the community,” Robinson told commissioners.

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It will be phased in in sections, the homes will all be new, and the leasing will be done through a property management company. There will be background checks, references will be required and there will be a property manager on site.”

Robinson did not receive the response she expected.

Three nearby property owners said that they are concerned a “mobile home park” would be a magnet for criminal activity. All three cited drug use and other criminal activities they have witnessed at a nearby community.

We don’t want that around our children,” said property owner Antionette Thompson.

We don’t need drugs in the area,” said Dematrius Hill. “It only takes one person with the wrong mindset.”

The responses were enough for commissioner Berlester Campbell to make a motion to table the request for the permit after hearing Robinson and opponents of the park argue their cases before the commissioners.

I know where the property is and I know it is all family land,” said Campbell. “I want us to sit down and discuss Wiregrass Road before this goes any further.”

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For Robinson, she believes that people had an opportunity to voice their opposition prior to her taking costly action.

I object,” said Robinson.

I’ve invested money in the project since the Planning Board approved my plans and no one came to that board’s meeting to voice objections.”

The commissioners say they will revisit the request in June.

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The Daily Business News has covered a number of potential NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard) stories recently, where current residents appear to be working to keep manufactured homes or communities out. Most notable is the case in Aiken, South Carolinawhere 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.

For more on the myths and facts surrounding manufactured housing, and the opportunity for millions to achieve the American Dream of home ownership, click here. ##

 

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Bad Actor Ferreted Out? MHC Draws Media Attention

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In Chatham County, Georgia, a “voice of the viewer” report on a local TV station appears to have uncovered a bad actor.

According to WSAV TV, their coverage of lingering storm damage that was causing safety concerns for residents of the Highland Woods Mobile Home Park led to a county inspector paying a visit.

 

We found a lengthy violation history at Highland Woods long before the hurricane hit,” said Bob Sebek, Chatham County’s Zoning Administrator.

Thirteen year resident Carla Law contacted the TV station to report that a home behind hers, smashed by a tree, remained wide open more than six months after the incident.

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Resident Carla Law. Credit: WSAV.

I’m thrilled about the fast response from the inspectors,” said Law.

I think she’s taking pictures of the abandoned homes that, broken glasses are out of, the broken windows, the doors not being secured.”

And, there’s the violation history.

Highland Woods had 88 violations on record since 2002. Last year there were 10, 14 violations were cited in 2015, and in 2014 the trailer park [sic] received 48 violations,” said Sebek.

Law says that A & W Ventures, the company that owns and operations Highland Woods, would address required fixes by performing just enough maintenance to meet code.

They boarded up a few windows and they’ve nailed a few doors shut, and like I said, they do enough to pass what they have to pass,” said Law.

Resident Joan Wells also received an interesting response when she took her issues to the management office in the community

I was told to work it out with her neighbors,” said Wells.

It may be my neighbor, but it’s not my job to go and tell my neighbor, what to do their house or their yard…because I do not rent lots.”

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Sebek says that he spent more than an hour on site at Highland Woods, and that the evidence collected is being processed.

The record indicates the management historically waits until they’re on the verge of a court appearance before violations are addressed and brought up to code,” said Sebek.

Calls to A & W Ventures by MHProNews for comment were not returned.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the majority of manufactured home community owners strive to run clean, safe communities and adhere to all of the rules. Occasionally, there are those that look to take advantage, and we have covered a number of stories of so-called “bad actors,” including a recent case in Chapmanville, West Virginia. That story is linked here. ##

 

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MHC Rezoned, Affordable Housing Affected

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In Fayetteville, Arkansas, a manufactured home community is scheduled to see its sunset – and community officials say that it’s a disturbing trend that’s affecting affordable housing across the nation.

According to NWA Online, the City Council approved a rezoning proposal from Dallas based real estate investors and developers Tait Coates and Tommy Kilbride, that will allow re-development of the nine acres.

 

The Niblock family, owners of the land since the late 70’s, said it’s time.

The property has passed its life expectancy,” said George Niblock Jr.

Residents own their homes and pay about $250 per month to rent their lot, but several owe back rent.”

Niblock said that he also understands that the development will displace residents, but he and the new landowners will be working to make the transition as smooth as possible.

For a few of them, it’s going to be painful. There’s no perfect answer for it,” said Niblock.

We’re going to work with them directly,” said Coates. “We will keep an open dialogue with all of the tenants.”

City planning staff sees the area as ripe for development, in part because of its vicinity to the University of Arkansas, and a mix of commercial and residential development is in line with the city’s infill goals.

 

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With redevelopment, comes the challenge of a loss of affordable housing, which is a major goal of the city’s 2030 plan.

Prior to approval for the rezoning, the Fayetteville Planning Commission asked council members to address the issue of gentrification in some way.

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City Attorney Kit Williams told the council that the city has limited authority and a landowner can utilize their property as they see fit, as long as they follow the zoning rules and lease agreements with residents.

I don’t know how we could do that [deal with the issue of gentrification] without taking away some of the property interest rights of the landlord and probably having to pay him for it,” said Williams.

There’s not anything I’m aware of, especially no ordinances we might have that would do anything that would be able to slow down what the landlord might be wanting to do.”

Williams also says that he’s seen the trend of communities disappearing over the years.

Trailer parks [sic] have disappeared throughout town with no proposals to replace them. I think this is due to rising property value within the city limits and the deteriorating nature of a manufactured home’s value,” said Williams.

City planning director Andrew Garner sees the issue as well.

I can’t recall in a dozen years with the city a single instance of a developer wanting to build a trailer park [sic],” said Garner.

A resident could place a mobile home [sic] on his property if it’s zoned as a Residential Agricultural district, but a trailer park [sic] requires a multi-family zoning, and even then it would only be allowed as a conditional use.”

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A part of that challenge is in the stereotypes that persist.

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The trend in Fayetteville mimics what’s been happening nationally,” said MHI spokeswoman Patti Boerger.

The country hasn’t seen many new manufactured home communities developed in the past couple decades, but landowners with several acres sometimes place mobile homes on their properties. Manufactured and mobile homes today run the gamut of floor plans and typically are made with the same materials as on-site homes, all at far lower a cost.”

Boerger shared that tiny homes have also become more popular, but Kevin Hawks, owner of Hawks Homes, sees them as a fad.

They attract attention, but usually once customers do the math they figure they can get a better value with a single-wide trailer [sic],” said Hawks.

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A Hawks Home model. Credit: Hawks Homes.

You can drive through anywhere in east Arkansas and you can still see the old metal siding and metal roofs with tires on top to keep the roof from rumbling — what I call a trailer house [sic]. That is not what we build. I don’t even build metal-siding, metal-roof houses anymore. But, a lot of people have that stigma.”

For some members of the Fayetteville City Council, manufactured housing represents the solution to affordable housing.

It does offer home ownership to individuals who otherwise may not be able to afford it,” said Alderman Mark Kinion.

As long as it meets codes and standards and as long as it is compatible.”

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MHC Expansion Proposal Makes Progress

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In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered last October, the Sechelt, British Columbia council has given second and third readings to a proposed community plan and zoning amendments for expansion of the Big Maple Mobile Home Park.

According to the Coast Reporter, developer Chapman Creek Holdings Ltd. wants to rezone two lots adjacent to Big Maple Mobile Home Park to R-5, a designation that would expand the park by 1.55 hectares to accommodate about 28 additional manufactured homes.

Back in October, directors with the Sunshine Coast Regional Districts’ (SCRD) planning and community development committee in British Columbia, Canada addressed a referral from Sechelt on the expansion, which was met with a positive response.

I really wish that people would search out locations in OCPs where mobile home parks [sic] could go in, because it is one solution for people to have affordable housing,” said Lorne Lewis of Elphinstone, who is also a big proponent for manufactured housing as an affordable option.

During the readings, Sechelt Mayor Bruce Milne pulled no punches.

We plan to apply tough environmental standards to the project,” said Milne.

We need to hold the mitigating geotechnical and environmental factors to the highest standards. The district wants to use standards set by its own Water Resource Center for design of the mobile park’s [sic] new sewer system. The standards of Vancouver Coastal Health and the Ministry of Environment may be considerably lower.”

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At a March 22nd public hearing on the matter, members of the public expressed concerns about potential flood hazards, loss of wildlife habitat and impacts from traffic.

Complaints about a recurring smell from the original Big Maple wastewater treatment plant were also expressed, but Milne says that the new owners have committed to installing a new system and connecting all of the current homes to bring the community up to standard.

It will be an overall improvement,” said Milne.

Council member Noel Muller agreed, and also spoke to the need for affordable housing.

There were a lot of things to weigh for this, such as what’s going to happen to Chapman Creek. That hinges on the septic system,” said Muller.

We have a desperate need for affordable housing in this district and that’s why I’m voting in favor.”

The council did not provide additional details on next steps regarding the proposal during the readings, but the Daily Business News will continue to monitor its progress. ##

 

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UPDATE: MHC Future in Doubt, the Other Side of Rent Control

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In an update to the story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, residents at the Thetis Lake Campground community in View Royal, British Columbia, Canada, are facing an imminent threat.

According to Western Investor, assessments on the community are threatening the viability of the most affordable housing option in the province, and options are limited.

 

Manufactured homes on rented pads cost about one-tenth of what an average detached house in B.C. costs, and provide thousands of seniors and others with the lowest-cost homes in the province,” said Al Kemp, executive director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC.

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And the security of low cost is in doubt because park owners are under annual rental restrictions while assessed values, and subsequent property taxes, are increasing dramatically.”

Kemp says that owners are being squeezed, as assessment values on manufactured home communities have skyrocketed over the past year, but community owners can only increase site rents by 3.7 percent this year under the Residential Tenancy Act.

BC Assessment doesn’t have a clue how to value manufactured home parks [sic], which are a hybrid of commercial and residential real estate,” said Kemp.

The land-value sale of one park [sic], for example, will raise the assessed value of neighboring parks [sic] that may not have the same development potential.”

A community owner in Vancouver reached out to Kemp for help after receiving their 2016 assessment.

We will be out of business soon as our low rent-controlled increases never allow us to catch up,” said the owner.

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A home at Thetis Lake Campground. Credit: Mobile Homes Victoria.

This has community owners beginning to scramble to sell, which means residents are scrambling to find a new place to live. And that’s the case with Thetis Lake – the community’s assessment jumped more than $400,000 in the past year, to $2.98 million.

The owner is now in the process of selling to a developer who wants to build 45 single-family homes and 14 townhouses on the property. And residents are facing eviction next fall.

We don’t want to leave. It’s basically cheap living, close to a park and we’re comfortable here,” said resident Lothar Netzel.

With the average price of a detached house in View Royal at $645,000, a townhouse at $502,000, and a vacancy rate less than one percent, affordable housing for community residents is far from certain.

The sale of the community is hinging on the development being approved for rezoning by the Town of View Royal. If it goes through, the owner of the community has offered each homeowner $10,000 as compensation.

And that has not set well with residents.

What can we do with $10,000?” asked Netzel. “Look at the steep house prices and a tight rental market throughout the capital region.”

The impact of rent control has been felt in other parts of Canada as well, including the case in the video above with a community in Manitoba.

David Screech, Mayor of View Royal says that while he sympathizes with the owners, View Royal does not have any manufactured home bylaws.

In my opinion, they have been given a generous offer, more than what’s required by law,” said Screech.

 

Is Rent Control Necessary? MH Industry Experts Speak 

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

UMH would not buy a rent controlled community and believes all community owners should work with residents to avoid rent control,” said Sam Landy, President and CEO of UMH Properties, Inc.

The fact is if we raise our rents too high we will have no sales and no occupancy. No reasonable landlord would do such a thing. Our rents have to make economic sense or we have no business. Therefore, in the long term, there is never a need for rent control.” 

Sam Landy’s full commentary on rent control is linked here.

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The entire objective of rent control is to distort the market and have a government agency decide what rent is appropriate,” said C. William Dahlin, JD of Hart | King Law.

Such governmental controls never lead to more housing or better housing.” 

 

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Respect Demanded: MHC Residents, Families, Speak Out

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In California, the San Francisco Bay Area remains one of the most expensive places to live in the U.S., with some one-bedroom apartments running well over $3,000 per month.

In the city of Pleasanton, an affluent enclave, the Vineyard Estates 55 and over manufactured home community remains one of the few affordable housing options left in the area.

What started with one letter to the editor calling a real home “one that is firmly attached to the ground,” turned into two very strong endorsements for the community, and the quality of modern manufactured housing.

My definition of a home goes more along the lines of the old proverb, ‘Home is where the heart is,” wrote Susan Reid, whose parents live in the Vineyard Estates community.

Vineyard Estates has a definite heart in Pleasanton. Taking a drive through this safe, friendly senior community, it is easy to see the feeling of home. While these are not stick-and-brick dwellings, these mobile homes [sic] allow many seniors the opportunity to enjoy living in Pleasanton.”

Reid also shared the importance of independence for the community’s senior residents, and that the “old stereotypes” are just that.

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Neighbors care about neighbors; there is always a smile and a wave by those passing by, either on dog-walks or golf cart rides. The grounds are well maintained. There are activities to be enjoyed each day. Vineyards Estates is serviced by public transit, allowing seniors, my parents included, to be more mobile.

These units are safe and affordable; much more so than some other senior units in Pleasanton. ‘Home’ is an emotional word. Vineyard Estates allows many seniors an affordable place in which to live near loved ones. So, sir, do not denigrate the community as ‘being overpriced shacks’ and ‘crumbling carcasses.”

Ralph Mele, a resident at Vineyard Estates, also shared his feelings.

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Another home in the Vineyard Estates community. Credit: Redfin.

I have lived in Vineyard Estates for four years and bought a new manufactured home in 2013. After living in several very nice custom houses, I found to my surprise the manufactured house I purchased was every bit as nice and well constructed as the custom house I owned. In fact, it is built to very high standards sometimes not found in custom houses. The standards for a manufactured house are set by law, and each factory that builds these units must adhere to the rules, or is not able to sell their houses,” said Mele.

These manufactured houses vary in size from 1,000 to 1,800 square feet and feature granite countertops, wood flooring, fireplaces and laundry rooms, many have three bedrooms and two baths. They are affordable and offer seniors a safe and comfortable environment to live in. You cannot find a new house in Pleasanton for the price you pay for the manufactured houses available in Vineyard Estates.”

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Today’s manufactured homes can look and live like a conventional, site-built house, and can be half the price of new constructionAdditionally, many manufactured homes are Energy Star rated, so they are more efficient than older, existing homes,” said Lindsey Bostick of Sunshine Homes.

Many desire to move from renting to owning, but often struggle to find that a real possibility in the current site-built market. The manufactured housing industry can offer a solution to that problem.”

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Developer Plans to help MHC Residents Transition

April 21st, 2017 Comments off
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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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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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