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Respect Demanded: MHC Residents, Families, Speak Out

April 24th, 2017 Comments off
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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.”

As Daily Business News readers are already well aware, even though those old stereotypes persist, but many in the industry are working to set the record straight.LindseyBostick-SunshineHomesManufacturedHousingIndustryDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews

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.”

For a more detailed history on the journey from mobile to manufactured homes, please click here. ##

 

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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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MHC Residents Look to Lawmakers for Assistance

April 19th, 2017 Comments off
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In the Southern California city of Brawley, families who have been displaced by the closing of the Brawley Mobile Home Park are looking to their local representatives for help.

According to KYMA, more than 40 families are seeking assistance, and 10 community residents were in attendance at a legislative update last week at the Brawly Chamber of Commerce.

 

Because the majority of residents are Latinos, we have been treated unfairly and stepped on after living here for more than 15 years,” said one of residents in attendance.

Assembly member Eduardo Garcia, on hand with council members from the city to address questions and concerns, said that they are aware of the situation, and had asked for wheels to be put into motion to assist residents.

We’ve also requested from the county to consider doing a workshop after work hours in Brawley, come to the people that are in need of these services and information, to help walk individuals through this process,” said Garcia.

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A city council member also pointed to other issues for the former community and its residents.

Unfortunately the mobile home park [sic] is not in conditions where they can continue living there, so the county of Imperial and the city of Brawley have been working together to try to assist them with relocating, but it has been an issue because a lot of these people do not qualify,” said Council Member Norma Kastner-Jauregui.

Jauregui also pointed out that a potential lack of qualification could be as simple as residents not understanding what resources are available to them.

I believe there is still about 40 families that have not been able to be accommodated, so they find themselves in a situation where they cannot live there and yet they haven’t found another place to live,” said Jauregui.

Residents and officials say that the new owner of the property is in the process of assessing the value of residents’ homes, so that he can make an offer with the hope that it assists them with their relocation.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, redevelopment, for any number of reasons, is a natural course of business, and most owners and operators follow rules and standards to the letter.

As with this instance, this also includes assistance for residents, and opportunities to purchase the community. Residents in Dover Point, New Hampshire, were able to purchase their community right before Christmas. That story is linked here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community Residents Receive Helping Hand

April 17th, 2017 Comments off
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In California, the recent floods have wreaked havoc throughout the state, causing issues for businesses and homeowners alike.

Manufactured home communities throughout the state were affected as well.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, residents of the Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park were hit hard. Resident Lam Tran, a part-time teacher who is caring for her disabled husband, was in a particularly bad spot and wasn’t sure how she was going to get their home fixed, as muddy flood waters ruined the stairs and the front yard.

It was so scary,” said Tran. “I just worried. I was worried for the flood, and the worry didn’t go away.”

Other residents had similar stories, and were not sure what was next.

Until last week.

Golden Wheel Mobile Home Park was among the first communities to benefit from charitable efforts of the Silicon Valley chapter of Rebuilding Together and Bank of America, designed to help the poorest city residents who were flooded out with the costly repair work needed to restore their homes.

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Flood damage in the community. Credit: Santa Cruz Sentinel.

We’re helping people who don’t have the ability to do the work themselves, or can’t afford to pay someone to do it for them,” said Beverley Jackson of Rebuilding Together.

We’ve got 40 homes lined up in this park [sic] that we’re going to fix. Mobile homes [sic] are the last affordable housing there is in Silicon Valley.”

Thirty-nine buildings throughout the city of San Jose remain so damaged from floods, that they were unfit for habitation. That number is down from more than 1,300 in February.

Property owners have to take certain actions like have a damage survey done, and the city is here to help get the property moved out of yellow-tag status,” said San Jose spokeswoman Cheryl Wessling.

But we need the property owners to work with us.”

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Jackson says that those receiving help from her organization are all low-income homeowners who didn’t have flood insurance.

Golden Wheel community manager Erin McGuire says that about 150 of the 221 units in the community suffered some sort of damage.

A lot of people were able to just let it dry out underneath, many people did what repairs they needed themselves,” said McGuire.

But some were pretty bad.”

In an interesting twist, Wessling says that many owners of flood-damaged property do not live in the area, and have not responded to attempts to contact them.

Surprising, given the Silicon Valley real estate market.

You would think they would want them anything but sitting vacant in disrepair,” said Wessling.

For more on the California floods, and their impact on manufactured home communities in the state, click here. ##

 

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MHC Residents to Receive Assistance for Home Repairs

April 15th, 2017 Comments off
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In a follow up to a story that the Daily Business News originally covered in December, residents of the Trailer Haven community in San Leandro, California, will be receiving assistance for home repairs, via a one-time $150,000 grant, approved unanimously by the San Leandro City Council last month.

Per the East Bay Times, the grant is being funded by city tax revenue collected from the community, and it will be administered by Rebuilding Together Oakland East Bay.

Rebuilding Together plans to establish an on-site presence in the weeks to come,” said San Leandro Community Development Director Cynthia Battenberg.

They will be reaching out to all residents and handle all aspects of managing the program. The minor home repair program is being offered to the residents as a way to assist them in needed repairs.”

Cascade Corporate Management, a Sacramento, California-based manufactured home community and RV park Management Company that oversees the Trailer Haven operations, notified residents of the rent increase in September, which averages about $117 per site, along with a $45 sewer and water charge.

Based on the response and the communication between our resident meetings, I can understand the impact that it’s going to have,” said Cascade Corporate Management quality control director Brock Kaveny to the city council back in December.

I think it’s going to be nominal compared to some of the public concern. I think some of the concern was amplified with residents who weren’t even residents of our mobile home community.”

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Almost $100,000 in city taxes collected from the property’s transfer to the new owners, along with almost $50,000 in projected property tax revenues for the next three years, will be used to fund the minor home repair program exclusively for Trailer Haven residents.

I think that people deserve to have help, and I think that folks who work in the nonprofit area, as well as people in government, are the new safety net,” said Rebuilding Together Oakland Executive Director Lisa Shulman Malul.

People do everything right; they bought their mobile home [sic] and they live there but then, all of a sudden, something happens — their savings goes away, they have health issues or whatever that is. People need help, and I think they’re really rightly entitled to it.”

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Malul says that the Rebuilding Together staff plans to meet with Trailer Haven residents in the coming weeks, and conduct assessments of possible repairs and make recommendations on the scope of the city’s home repair program and number of projects that can be done.

Repairs for individual mobile homes [sic] likely will be ranked based on available funds; there are no plans to subsidize the program beyond $150,000,” said Malul.

The Daily Business News covered resident protests at Trailer Haven, including the push for rent control as a solution. That story is linked here.

For an industry legal commentary on why rent control is the wrong move for local governments to enact, please click here. ##

 

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Flight and Fight: MHC Residents Making Choices

April 4th, 2017 Comments off
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In Calgary, Alberta, Canada, residents at the now city- owned Midfield Mobile Home Park are heading towards the end of a three year journey – that concludes with the community closing down.

It’s very depressing. I don’t want to see it,” said resident Cindy MacDonald, who also shared that she can hear demolition crews tearing down her neighbors’ homes.

According to the Calgary Sun, six months before the community is scheduled to be shuttered, it now looks like a ghost town, as residents are moving out.

Nearly half of the trailer [sic] pads in the 183-pad park [sic] are today vacant,” said Doug Cassidy, director of real estate and development services for the city.

We continue to work with residents to facilitate where we can. Many of the residents have worked independently, in terms of either moving their units or making plans to move otherwise.

While Cassidy is confident all 183 spots in the community will be empty by the end of September, some longtime residents have said they have no plans to move from the community, which is central to key services.

There are people that are going to fight to the bitter end,” said MacDonald.

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Beginning in May 2014, residents of the Midfield community received letters stating that the community would close on September 30, 2017, because aging water and sewer pipes were unsalvageable.

They were told by the Calgary City Council that they would be relocated to the soon-to-be-built East Hills Estates on the outskirts of the city.

Then, the council told them that wasn’t going to happen.

With few options, as many communities are full, many community residents who opted to move their homes versus demolishing them, have decided to relocate their homes outside of city limits.

The city of Calgary offered eligible residents tenants a lump-sum payment of $10,000 to leave and a maximum of $10,000 toward the costs incurred to move their factory-built home, as well as counseling services.

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All residents that have moved have received money, in accordance with the Midfield Closure Program,” said Cassidy.

The remaining residents continue to receive assistance from the city in finding a new place to live, and a housing fair is scheduled for June.

Cassidy shared that after the community closes, the city will start working to remove underground utilities and prepare the land for grading work.

The future plans for the land, which is located in a highly desirable inner-city area, have not been revealed.

Similar cases continue to play out not only in Canada and in the U.S., but also in Australia, where residents of the Wantirna Caravan Park must move as a property firm plans to build high rise towers. That story is linked here. ##

 

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City Residents Make Unexpected Moves – Opportunity for MH?

March 31st, 2017 Comments off
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New data shows an interesting trend – popular cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C., normally destinations for living, are actually losing people in mass.

According to a study by Bloomberg, in the 100 most populous U.S. metros, the New York City area ranked 2nd, losing about a net 163,000 residents, Honolulu came in fourth, and Los Angeles came in at 14th.

These areas also have the distinction of having some of the highest inflows of people coming in from outside the country, which has a net result showing a steadily growing population, despite people leaving.

I have an idea of what’s going on here,” said Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy and urban planning at the University of California Los Angeles.

Soaring home prices are pushing local residents out and scaring away potential new ones from other parts of the country.

And, when those people leave, most often those who move in from abroad fill vacant low skilled jobs. How? Stoll has an idea about that as well.

They are able to do so by living in ‘creative housing arrangements,’” said Stoll.

They pack six to eight individuals, or two to four families, into one apartment or home. It’s an arrangement that most Americans just aren’t willing to pursue, and even many immigrants decide it’s not for them as time goes by.”

High skilled foreign workers coming into the country, specifically in the technology industry, they earn enough to live in high cost areas.

They are compensated appropriately and can afford to live in these high-cost areas, just like Americans who hold similar positions,” said Stoll.

One example is Washington, D.C., which had a lot of people from abroad arriving to soak up jobs in the growing tech-hub.

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Rust belt cities like Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo, didn’t fare so well.

Even though the cost of living is low, the cities did not get the same influx of people that the other major cities did, which potentially shows that locals were leaving for lack of jobs.

This is part of a multiple-decade trend of the U.S. population moving away from these manufacturing hubs to areas in the Sun Belt and the Pacific Northwest,” said Stoll.

Retiring baby boomers are also leaving the Northeast and migrating to more affordable places with better climates.

 

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Many of those retirees have chosen a familiar location.

According to the Census Bureau, The Villages, Florida, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area for the fourth year in a row, with a 4.3 percent population increase between 2015 and 2016.” The Villages includes a significant amount of manufactured home communities.

The Daily Business NewsMHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the case for manufactured housing as a viable solution to hope for the American Dream of home ownership at a reasonable price extensively, including Bloomberg making a statement to the same effect.

The myths, and the facts surrounding manufactured housing abound. To learn more, including why manufactured housing is the solution hiding in plain sight for many to achieve the American Dream, click here. ##

 

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Manufactured Home Community, Residents, Face Uncertain Future

March 30th, 2017 Comments off
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In Chesterfield, Missouri, residents of the town’s only manufactured home community received some very shocking news this week.

According to News 4, residents of the Chesterfield Mobile Home Park could be losing their homes, if developers get their wish – they want to build 300 apartments where the community currently sits.

 

It would uproot a lot of people. I don’t know where they would go. This is an affluent area,” said resident Cambria Ernstrom. She is worried about where her family will go after initially being attracted to the area for the good schools and cheap rent.

I’m concerned over possibly having to start over,said resident Winnie Hingherwitz, who turns 87 in May.

I recently relocated to Missouri from New Jersey to be closer to family.”

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The residents of Chesterfield own their homes, but they lease the land underneath it.

Even though rumors of potential changes have been floating around, none of the residents appeared to be aware of the plan.

The company that is managing the community said that it is still under contract, but the owners did submit a rezoning request to build the apartments.

Chesterfield city officials said that they were unaware of what developers might offer residents to move out.

Officials say that a public hearing will be scheduled, but no date or time has been announced.

 

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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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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Associatoin (GMHA).

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.

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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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State Agency to Assist Low Income MH Residents

March 30th, 2017 Comments off
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In Delaware, homeowners in need are going to get some help.

The Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) tells MHProNews that qualified homeowners in need of assistance to keep their homes livable can now apply for assistance from the new Statewide Emergency Repair Program.

Governor John Carney and the Housing Authority made a formal joint announcement this week.

No one should live in a home with broken plumbing or a leaking roof. We can help our families in need by making their homes safe and healthy, which also strengthens our communities,” said Governor Carney.

This is not a hand out, but a hand up by helping those in emergency situations. Public-private partnerships like this help leverage our resources to assist as many people as possible.”

The new program is being administered by the Milford Housing Development Corporation, which received a $600,000 award to streamline the application process. A portion of the funding will go toward assisting residents of manufactured housing.

DSHA had previously funded repairs through a number of partners, depending on jurisdiction, while the Statewide Emergency Response Program has a single point of contact and operates in all three counties.

The DSHA says that it conducted extensive research and received partner input to develop the program.

Repairing roofs, fixing heating systems and solving accessibility issues are simple jobs that can be out of the reach of many people due to financial circumstances,” said DSHA Director Anas Ben Addi.

We’re pleased to be able to help with that by partnering with the Milford Housing Development Corporation and its statewide network of nonprofits and agencies that is helping reach people in need.

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The Statewide Emergency Repair Program is designed to tackle emergency conditions that threaten the health and/or safety of eligible Delaware homeowners and members of their households.

Qualified applicants must own their home and have lived there for at least one year, and must meet income guidelines. Situations that qualify include immediate health or safety threats such as heating system repairs, plumbing repairs, electrical repairs, roof repair or replacement, or major structural repairs.

We have been involved in emergency repairs for more than two decades, and know how important it is to make sure homes are kept in good condition,” said David Moore, president and CEO of the Milford Housing Development Corporation.

Our goal is to help as many people as possible with true emergencies that threaten residents’ health or safety.

Homeowners can apply to the Milford Housing Development Corporation at 302-491-4010 or toll-free at 844-413-0038. ##

 

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NIMBY, NIMBY, NIMBY – Residents Oppose MHC

March 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In North Strabane Township, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a new battle is brewing over a proposed manufactured home community.

According to the Observer-Reporter, developers are working on Hidden Acres, a 182-acre plan with 228 manufactured home units. Based on the location, which is zoned for manufactured homes, officials do not see a reason for the township to deny the proposal.

The (development) would be extremely difficult for the township to deny, unless there are deficiencies, said Frank Siffrinn, township manager.

But some area residents see it differently.

In what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), Attorney Thomas McDermott, who represents a group of about 200 area residents, said at a public hearing on a conditional use application last week that his clients are concerned about traffic, a railroad crossing near the property, and the potential of narrowing nearby streets.

The Township planning commission recommended approval of the application from developers last month with conditions, including the requirement that the community be 55 plus.

I don’t think we could make that stick,” said township solicitor Gary Sweat.

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Mike Wetzel, of designer Victor-Wetzel Associates, says that the plan for the community would be done in six phases, and would not require adjustments.

We are not asking for any modifications,” said Wetzel. “This meets township ordinances.”

By rule, the board is required to make a decision within 45 days. Both parties on the matter agreed to leave the record open for 30 days to work toward an agreement.

We could possibly come to some kind of consensus,” McDermott said.

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. ##

 

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