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Attorney General Sues Manufactured Home, Modular Housing Company, and owner Stanley Hall

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

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New York “Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood today announced an order directing Walker’s Manufactured Housing, Inc. (“Walker’s”) and its owner, Stanley Hall, to explain their failure to sit for testimony as required by the Attorney General’s subpoena,” said in a release to the Daily Business News.

 

My office will aggressively investigate retailers of manufactured home and land deals who shirk their legal obligations to provide homes that are safe, durable, and suitable for occupancy,” Attorney General Underwood said. “Transparency and fair dealing is necessary in every transaction involving New York State consumers.”

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Underwood is the acting AG in New York. She took over the role recently, after a scandal forced the resignation of her predecessor earlier this month. 4 different women alleged that prior AG Eric Schneiderman sexually assaulted and abused them, per the New York Times.

Following multiple consumer complaints, the Attorney General’s office opened an investigation into the company’s business practices and issued a subpoena for Stanley Hall to appear for questioning,” the state tells MHProNews.

Mr. Hall refused to answer questions, improperly asserting a blanket Fifth Amendment privilege, and terminated the hearing. The order issued by Supreme Court Judge James P. McClusky of Jefferson County compels Walker’s and Stanley Hall to explain why the Judge shouldn’t further order their compliance with the Attorney General’s investigation, per the NY AG’s office.

My office will aggressively investigate retailers of manufactured home and land deals who shirk their legal obligations to provide homes that are safe, durable, and suitable for occupancy,” Attorney General Underwood said. “Transparency and fair dealing is necessary in every transaction involving New York State consumers.”

Multiple consumers in Jefferson County filed complaints with the Attorney General’s office regarding the advertising, sales, and installation practices of Walker’s Manufactured Housing, Inc.,” stated the attorney general’s office.

The Attorney General issued a subpoena to Stanley Hall to appear for questioning.  But Hall refused to answer any questions and terminated the hearing, per the AG’s release. The order announced gives Walker’s and Mr. Hall until late June to explain their failure to properly provide testimony to aid the Attorney General’s investigation.

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Mr. Hall said he has never received any complaints of incomplete buildings, delays, not following design specifications or other similar accusations in 52 years of business. When asked why he asserted his Fifth Amendment rights during the conference, Mr. Hall said he was following his attorney’s advice,” per the Watertown Daily News.

There’s a lot of false information; a lot of false accusations” from the AG’s office, Mr. Hall told local media.

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Mistake in Local Reporting?

Some mainstream media reports have apparently misunderstood the fact that Walker’s is a retailer, not a manufactured or modular home builder.

Satisfaction Guaranteed,” states part of the Walker Manufactured Housing website, which makes it clear that the firm sells housing built by Champion Homes, and/or other producers of factory-built housing.

We ensure complete satisfaction every step of the way. Whether you are a first time buyer or a returning customer, the process is always the same and we will take into consideration budget and availability for your Watertown sectional home. We guarantee our services and get you the best value for your money.”

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Manufactured Modular Home Business Plans New Location

June 6th, 2017 Comments off
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Bryan Crump, owner of Cedar Creek Homes in Columbia Missouri, is making plans to relocate his business to the 4900 block of North Baltimore street in Kirksville, MO.

Crump’s development and site plan for the lot will be considered by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission at its June 14 meeting, says the Kirksville Daily Express.  The meeting is set for 6:30 PM that day.

Documents report stating that the site plan includes construction of a 2,000-square-foot modular office building, a proposed new entrance from Baltimore Street, a hard-surface driveway and 10 parking spaces.

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Local Celebrity

A radio ad about 18 months ago drew a public rebuke from someone who opposed Crump’s message. Danny Wicentowski mocked Crump in a column on the River Front Times on  Nov 25, 2015, for what Wicentowski thought to be a politically incorrect style of advertising.

But no doubt thousands cheered these same thoughts shared by Crump, who was commenting on hunger protests at a local university.

Effective immediately,” Crump said as part of his ad, “I will not eat after supper every night, all the way until breakfast the next morning, unless my wife meets my demands. I know this is drastic, and I’m scared of what this could do to my health, the popcorn industry and possibly the dairy farms from lower ice cream sales. But I must do this for all mankind. I’m starving for men all across Missouri.”

Not only is Cedar Creek Homes recognized as a leader in manufactured housing, but now I will be leading a whole new way of life for men in negotiating with their wives,” Crump concluded. “Maybe I can get the football team to boycott with me.”

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The humor is apparent, but Wicentowski clearly did not want to acknowledge it.

Cedar Creek’s website states that, “Our company is built on the principles of selling quality homes and providing reliable service. 

Our diversified home selection continues to grow by following trends, improving our quality homes, and listening to the customer.

Over 40 years of combined knowledge has established our place in this industry. This allows us to make a distinctive and substantial impact for our clients.”  Crump’s website says he’s a retailer for Sunshine Homes, and other HUD Code manufacturers. ##

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Manufactured Home Owner or Community – Who’s Responsible?

December 16th, 2016 Comments off
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Some manufactured home community residents and advocates in Oregon feel there’s a disconnect when it comes to enforcement of the law.

There are more than 1,000 manufactured home/mobile home communities in Oregon,” says Rita Loberger, a volunteer resident advocate for the Manufactured Housing/Oregon State Tenants Association.

 

Right now, it’s a no man’s land with managers and owners writing leases, policies and contracts that might violate the state laws.

Per the Portland Tribune, Oregon lacks an agency to enforce those laws, and so the only legal recourse residents may feel they have is to file a lawsuit.

For Jamie Willey, a resident at the Rainbow Village Mobile Home Park in East Portland, she claims that she’s been in that no man’s land for over five years.

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Management has done nothing to prevent widespread fire and electrical hazards, an illegal restaurant at one of the mobile homes [sic], and overflowing trash at a nearby dumpster that causes a stench during the summer and provides food for rats,” said Wiley.

Loberger says that she has helped negotiate with landlords over bills passed by state lawmakers, but those laws often are ignored by community managers.

When these laws are voted in, they’re on paper and that’s it.

Loberger says that earlier this year, owners of the Oak Leaf and Lostinda Woods communities in Portland ignored a state law requiring them to notify residents before putting their properties on the market for possible redevelopment. The law was designed to give residents a chance to collectively buy the land under their homes and avert eviction.

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The home at the front right is obviously a mobile home, but manufactured homes and a pair of RVs are also visible in this photo of a street in Oak Leaf community. Photo credit: Steve Law, Portland Tribune.

Mobile home and manufactured home owners often are afraid to complain or file lawsuits against their park [sic] owners, for fear of being evicted,” said Loberger.

Loberger served on Oregon’s manufactured housing landlord/resident coalition, which was formed in 1995 to forge consensus on bills before submitting them to the state Legislature. That coalition fell apart in October, allegedly when landlords reportedly adopted a tougher stance, including refusing to discuss a way to enforce laws the coalition had spawned over the past 21 years.

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The Community and Industry Perspective

As if often the case, there are two – or more – sides to every story, including this one.

We see enforcement as something like with the Attorney General’s office and oppose that idea,” said Chuck Carpenter, executive director of Manufacturing Housing Communities of Oregon.

The majority of manufactured home community residents are satisfied with their communities.  Community owner are often proactive in keeping a harmonious relationship.

There are times when a vocal minority can turn a minor or non-issue into a topic that suddenly makes local news.  Because the media may be uninformed about the responsibilities of residents, often community owners are made to look like ‘the bad guys,’ when in fact they often have done exactly what they commit to in the lease-terms with their home owners and residents.

Darby Garrett, one of the owners of Rainbow Villa, believes this is the case with Jamie Wiley.

We had the city come out, and there were no rats at all aside from Willey’s unit,” said Garrett.

The residents own their own homes, so they take care of it themselves. I visit the complex regularly and instruct residents to make sure they put lids on the trash cans.

Garrett also addressed trash pickup and additions to homes.

I have a guy that picks the trash up every day, we do police it, trust me,” says Garrett.

Garrett was referring to how they as the community manager do their part, but residents commit to the property’s guidelines for living, as their part of the ground-lease.

The string of additions built too close to neighboring units is residents’ responsibility. The residents have committed those violations, it isn’t us.

It takes both residents and management working together to keep a property clean, safe and appealing.

City, County, Bureaus Step In

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Chris Roberts, a Multnomah County public health vector specialist, told the Tribune that he’s visited Rainbow Village four times since 2008, all in response to Willey’s complaints. On his third visit in 2013, he inspected the entire complex.

On each visit, Roberts says he saw evidence of rats infesting Willey’s home, but nowhere else.

If rats were feeding on garbage at the dumpster or elsewhere, they would have left telltale signs,” said Roberts. “We didn’t find any of that evidence. It was strictly under (Willey’s) unit.

Roberts says that he suspects rats are entering the home from a broken sewer line under her home. He suggested that she hire a plumber to investigate and estimated it would cost $100 to $250.

It’s the owner’s responsibility because I don’t own the land under my home and I’m not responsible for the city sewer line,” said Wiley.

According to Roberts, the county can’t require the city or community owner to take action unless it has evidence the problem stems from the sewer before it reaches Willey’s home site.

A review of Rainbow Villa by bureau housing inspector Megan Greenauer, BDS in October resulted in a six-page list of violations including fire, life and safety. Homes – which are routinely owned by their residents – in the community were found to have structural, plumbing and mechanical work done on buildings without permits.

Willey and Loberger said they are more satisfied with the recent intervention by the city bureau, though they say it took years of complaints.

The violations haven’t been resolved yet,” said Mike Liefeld, Bureau of Development Services enforcement program manager. “But the bureau is working closely with the park [sic] management and their attorney.

Code Violations not by Management

According to Liefeld, none of the violations were directed against the Rainbow Villa’s ownership.

That’s because the bureau did not find violations in common areas,” said Liefeld.

The Portland Tribune stated that none of the violations were found in Jamie Willey’s home.

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The Daily Business News, MHProNews, and MHLivingNews have covered similar stories, including the controversy at Cal-Am’s Heritage Village manufactured home community in Beaverton, Oregon. That story is linked here. ##

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Measure V – Battle Lines Drawn

October 10th, 2016 Comments off
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As the moms and pops that built our mobile home parks age out, predatory, out-of-town corporate investors have been taking over. – Measure V proponents

Once rent control is adopted, politicians will – by the tenants’ votes – be giving the landlord’s property to the tenants. It happens all the time.Sam Landy, CEO UMH Properties

These are just two of the many published perspectives over controversial Measure V – a Humboldt County, California ballot measure that proposes significant changes to the relationship between manufactured home community owners and their residents.

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As Daily Business News’ Joe Dyton covered recently, Measure V proposes that:

  • Manufactured home community owners would be permitted to raise site rents once annually, and the increase would be tied to inflation via the Consumer Price Index;
  • When a home is sold or transferred, new resident site fees could only increase five percent higher than what the previous residents paid;
  • A community owner could raise rents to pay for improvements, but would first require written approval from more than 50 percent (a simple majority) of the homeowners/residents.

This has spurred a furious debate, including letters to the editor and opinion columns from both sides of the issue.

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Court Ruling, Views Dueling

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In May, a federal jury unanimously found that the city of Carson and its rent control board violated the constitutional rights of the owner of Colony Cove — a mobile home park in Southern California,” said Doug Johnson, who is a member of Citizens Against Rent Control — NO on Measure V, in his letter to the Times-Standard.

The jury concluded that the board’s rejection of lawfully filed rent increase applications in 2007 and 2008 constituted a regulatory taking without just compensation,” Johnson wrote.  “Such government actions are barred by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Johnson’s comments are, in part, a response to those of Hilary Mosher. Mosher is chair of the Humboldt Mobile Home Coalition, who was quoted in an Op-Ed in the Mad River Union, seeking to make her case for Measure V.

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Park owners are being merciless, and in some cases, outside the law in their rush to gouge park residents in raising fees and lot rents prior to the Nov. 8 election,” Mosher alleged.

This provides us with a perfect example of why Measure V is necessary – park owners are not required to be fair with their increases and we park residents are captive and have no say about whatever they want to do to us,” Mosher continued. “One park owner in McKinleyville, who failed to give tenants adequate notice, has even gone so far as to tell them in a letter that if Measure V does not pass, he may not raise the rent! We view this as voter manipulation and intimidation.

Johnson sees the Measure V issue as a danger to taxpayers that they may not be aware of, referring to the Colony Cove case in Carson, CA.

The jury went on to award the park owner more than $3.3 million in damages. In addition to this already staggering judgment — which the taxpayers of Carson will have to pay — the court ordered that the city pay an additional $4,128,662 in prejudgment interest and attorneys’ fees. Taxpayers are now on the hook for a whopping $7,464,718 — from just one bad Rent Control Board decision,” Johnson said.

One McKinleyville resident disagrees with Johnson’s take.

In his letter, Doug Johnson made a lot of untrue statements. He gave his address as McKinleyville — he does not live in Humboldt County,” claims Roxann Souter of McKinleyville in her Times-Standard letter-to-the-editor.

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Administration of Measure V is paid for through fees to mobile home owners. If park owners decide to go to court they potentially are costing taxpayers money— not Measure V. He [Johnson] said Carson taxpayers will have to pay millions— not necessarily true,” Souter continued.

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That case is being appealed and research shows that these park owner cases most often lose in the higher court, with park owners liable for fees. Johnson claims that Measure V will impact public services — he has no crystal ball to know that,” Souter said.

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In her opinion piece to the Mad River Union, semi-retired journalist, landlord and volunteer for “Yes on Measure V,” Carrie Peyton Dahlberg shared a similar perspective.

For mobile home residents, the ‘free market’ is a myth. People who own mobile homes can’t pick up and leave if the park owner decides to create new fees or impose repeated rent increases. They are trapped. The only way out is to sell their home, the one asset many of them own,” said Peyton Dahlberg.

That is why, even though I’m a landlord, I collected hundreds of signatures this spring to help put Measure V on Humboldt County’s ballot. Many landlords I talked with signed the petitions,” Peyton Dahlberg wrote.

They know the difference between a tenant who is free to leave and one who is a captive renter, in a captive market. When they learned the details of Measure V, they realized it was fair to the park owners, as well as to the mobile homes owners.

A Landlord…?

The Daily Business News reached out to Peyton Dahlberg with questions related to her experience as a landlord, including whether or not she owned a manufactured home community or had friends or releatives who lived in manufactured home communities.

I will be glad to answer those questions in 2017,” she replied.

Dahlberg would not respond to a follow up.

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Park owners in Humboldt County have been addressing the issue of alleged “excessive” rent for well over a year,” attorney C. William Dahlin told MHProNews.

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C. William “Bill” Dahlin.

However, the reality is that rents in Humboldt County are not excessive. Indeed, rents in Humboldt County mobilehome parks are exceptionally low. Do the research,” Dahlin said.

Most Park owners offer long-term leases that address and stabilize any legitimate concern about rent increases,” Dahlin explained. “A rent increase that reflects an increase in property taxes simply reflects the costs of doing business. Not one penny of such increases go to the park owner. Rather, such funds go the county for roads as well as police and fire services.”

Sheila Dey, Executive Director of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association told MHProNews that Doug Johnson’s statement reflected their association’s view. In addition, Dey also wrote this article on the harmful impact of Rent Control on affordable housing in California.

A Larger Problem…

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I think rent control is a symptom of a larger problem.  To my eye, these stories are always about both sides doubling down politically and legally,Paul Bradley, president of Resident Owned Communities (ROCUSA) told MHProNews.

I would like to think there are alternatives that don’t rely on third-party boards and local ordinances.  I approach things with a win/win mindset, and from what I’ve seen; courts and boards seem to satisfy neither party in most cases.  A fundamentally different value proposition and mindset is required to stem the tide of rent control,” said Bradley.

UMH Properties’ president and Sam Landy sees it similarly.

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Sam Landy, UMH President and CEO.

The fact is, if we [as community owners] raise our rents too high, we will have no sales and no occupancy,said Landy. 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.

The Daily Business News will monitor this controversial ballot measure. ##

(Editor’s Note: for a similar, related story featured in a Fox News video, please click here.  Update – WMA’s video and talking points, are linked here.)

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Community Owners, Residents Clash over Measure V

September 29th, 2016 Comments off

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The Humboldt Mobilehome Owner Coalition established a ballot measure, Measure V, that would regulate rent hikes on manufactured home land-lease sites. It aims to prevent a community’s owners from making what the measure’s advocates say are big and/or frequent site rent increases.

The way Measure V would work is manufactured home community owners would be permitted to raise rent once annually, and the increase would be tied to inflation through the Consumer Price Index.

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Under the measure, when a home is sold or transferred, the new residents site fees could only increase five percent higher than the previous residents paid.

If a community owner/operator could raise rents higher to pay for improvements, but must first get written approval from more than 50% of the homeowners/residents. Community owners can also appeal to the county if they feel they aren’t getting a fair return.

Measure V has caught the attention of property owners, who have spent $135,000 to date to fight it.

Opponents see this measure as an “unfair” and “unnecessary” rent control initiative that would hurt a manufactured home community and the availability of affordable housing, rather than help it.

Opponents cite the costs of the bureaucracy needed to administer the law, as well as potential court costs should Measure V pass.  That observation dovetails with a similar one made by UMH Properties CEO Sam Landy, JD, linked here.

Community owners also see a decrease in property tax revenues, as part of the fall out if Measure V becomes law.

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The biggest donors to the “No on Measure V” campaign are:

  • Greg Evans, president and general manager of Evans Management Services – $70,000,
  • FollettUSA president and CEO Matt Follett – $35,000,
  • Cisco Systems principal engineer Guntram Wolski – $20,000, and
  • Sea View Estates agent Steven Lester and Western Management owner John Bovone, who donated $5,000 each.

Meanwhile, the Humboldt Mobilehome Owner Coalition says, “As the moms and pops that built our mobile home parks age mattfollett_follettusa-credit-lostcoastpost-manufacturedhomeindustrydailybusinessnewsmhpronewsout, predatory, out-of-town corporate investors have been taking over,” Measure V proponents said in their ballot argument.

That group believes that Measure V will protect vulnerable residents, seniors in particular, from being exploited by corporate park owners. The coalition’s thinking is manufactured homeowners live on limited incomes and their equity is tied up in the home itself, which makes them, “captive renters.”

Once rent control is adopted, politicians will – by the tenants’ votes – be giving the landlord’s property to the tenants,” said UMH’s Landy. “It happens all the time.”

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Daily Business News recently weighed both sides of another rent control argument, including a download from Henry Hazlitt arguing that rent control creates a long term harm, in a story found here.

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Rent Control is the Wrong Prescription for California’s Housing Crisis, says Sheila Dey, Executive Director of the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association. MHProNews will continue to track this developing story. ##

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Property Rights vs. Resident Rights – FoxNews Video, Manufactured Home Industry Voices sound off

September 23rd, 2016 Comments off
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No one should be forced to carry on a business that they want to close, said Pacific Legal Foundation Attorney Larry Salzman. “The city is treating the Jissers as an ATM to solve a problem they didn’t cause — the lack of affordable housing in Palo Alto. That’s not just wrong, it’s unconstitutional,” a Daily Business News post by Matthew Silver reported last year.

Fast forward, as Fox News’ Claudia Cowan quotes resident Melody Cheeny, “We have nowhere else to go,” said Cheeny, secretary for the community’s homeowner’s association.  “There’s no way, for 95 percent of us, to be able to live in this county, let alone Silicon Valley.”

Cowan writes, “In the heart of Silicon Valley, a new twist in an ongoing turf war is raising alarm among property rights groups – government officials in Palo Alto are threatening to use “eminent domain” to prevent the longtime owners of a mobile home park from turning the property into condos.”

How can we promote homeownership and sell new homes on leased land and at the same time close communities?” – asks Paul Bradley, ROC USA in a new column to Industry Voices on MHProNews.

Eminent domain is an elegant solution,” said Katherine Harasz, executive director of the Santa Clara County Housing Authority told Fox News. “It acknowledges the owners’ just right to just compensation, if the public purpose is established to use his property for this public purpose.”

The city and the county’s actions have postponed the closure of the park for four years now and still, there’s really no end in sight,” Joe Jisser told Fox News.  Joe’s family reportedly bought the property in 1986.

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 this subject, are linked here.

Scheduling/Programing note: MHProNews plans to publish a related, detailed report on another hotly contested location in the American heartland, right here on the manufactured housing industry’s Daily Business News. ##

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Manufactured Home Community Expansion Approved, But…

September 6th, 2016 Comments off

DickHarrisCountryVillageMobileHomeParkWhitefieldNH=creditGoogle-postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsDick Harris, owner of the Whitefield, NH Country Village Mobile Home Park recently received apparent good news regarding his park expansion proposal, The Caledonian Record reports.

Harris was given unanimous approval from the planning board to expand his community.

The first phase of this three-phase expansion will add four homes near the existing community. The second and third phases, if approved, would add another two and three homes, respectively.

Harris purchased 150 acres to accommodate the expansion.  He is now stumping and clearing out the land. The project is expected to take three to four years, as he’ll handle all of the expansion tasks of installing sewers, pouring concrete and completing the engineering himself.

I’m a one-man band,” Harris told The Record. “I don’t hire out. I do it all myself.”

The expansion was seen by the planners as a chance to add more affordable housing for the community. Plus, Harris currently adds approximately $40,00 annually in property taxes in Whitefield.  He believes this expansion will bolster the town as well as its tax base.

Harris plans to leave the enterprise to his son, Richard Harris Jr., as a signal of continuity.

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But…

A number of abutters aren’t into the expansion. An abutter is a person – or entity – whose property is adjacent to the property of another. Those abutting this property are appealing the approval, based upon their view that it is prohibited by the town’s current development plan.

The appeal process has been going on for six months, and the abutters’ attorney Jay Riff plans to take it to zoning and the Coos Superior Court.

You have a guide to have organized development,” Riff said. “When you don’t follow the guide, it defeats the purpose.”

The Daily Business News plans to follow the progress, if any, on yet another apparent case of NIMBYism.  ##

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Joe Dyton, for the Daily Business News, MHProNews.

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Legally challenged MHCommunity owner in contempt, manager may not be

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dnews-robert-bonsall-resident-syringa-mobile-home-park-manager-shannon-musick-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Magar E. Magar, owner of Syringa Mobile Home Park in Moscow ID, was ordered by 2nd District Court Judge John Stegner to pay a total penalty of $350 a day until he brings the facility into compliance with pertinent water and wastewater rules, DNews tells MHProNews.

This is part of an ongoing series of issues at Syringa, previously covered in a series of Daily Business News  reports, the most recent one is linked here.

Syringa Mobile Home Park’s Manager Shannon Musick will not face a contempt charge in connection with the class action brought against Magar E. Magar.

Residents in this Moscow community are seeking compensation and damages after water and wastewater problems that have dogged the property went unresolved from their vantage point. ##

(Photo –resident Robert Bonsall, talking to Syringa Mobile Home Park manager, Shannon Musick) 

PA Retailer expanding, with another planned expansion to follow

October 25th, 2011 Comments off

Wyoming Homes Dale Valenti credit CitizensVoiceCitizensVoice reports that Dave Valenti, owner of Wyoming Homes, says sales are up in Plains Township, so he is expanding and adding 10 new employees, including truck drivers, sales people and laborers. Valenti also plans to open another sales location and a warehouse center on outside Pottsville in early 2012 that will add another 15 jobs. “We had seven stores at one time. We’re down to one,” Valenti said. “Although we have downsized, there are less dealers now than there were two years ago. Most of our competitors are gone. We are doing better by default.” Mary Gaiski, executive vice president of the Pennsylvania Manufactured Housing Association, could not provide a number of how many manufactured homes retailers in the area have closed, but she said, “We haven’t lost as many as other states.” Valenti, 58, of Moosic, has been in the manufactured home business since he was 18 and ran Wyoming Homes since he was 21. Venenti’s son, Marco, 18, now works with him. Among the locations previously closed, Valenti operated a manufactured home community and sales center in Exeter that is now the planned location for a Wal-Mart Supercenter.

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Bender MH community sells to developer

September 27th, 2011 Comments off

Bender_MH_community_location,_Ft_Collins_CO_google_mapsColorodoan reports that Bender Mobile Home Park has sold to a developer who plans to redevelop the location as single family housing. Located at 912 Wood Street in Fort Collins, CO, the property has 16.7 acres, some two dozen factory built homes and some site built housing structures on it already. Developer Gino Campana traded other property he owns to the Howard E. Bender Revocable Trust, owner of the Bender MHP. Campana said he is working with the city and their resources to help relocate the residents, many of whom have lived their for decades. Residents have been notified they have roughly six months to move.

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