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Petitioner asks Land be Rezoned to Manufactured Home District

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

mfg_house__san_benito_tx__trulia_creditVirginia Bufkin’s request to the Aransas Pass City Council in south Texas to rezone a single family district to a manufactured home district so she could build a recreational vehicle (RV) community brought a mix of yeas and nays to the meeting.

Bufkin’s daughter explained that although it would be strictly for RVs, since there is a high demand for RV sites, City Manager Sylvia Carillo said the property could later be sold to someone who could establish a manufactured home community.

Several citizens spoke against the proposal, citing increased traffic, drainage problems and less income for the city. Another remonstrater suggested the land is prime residential property which could bring in more tax dollars if single-family homes were built on the land.

Other citizens spoke against the project as well, while Mayor Adan Chapa, speaking as a citizen, spoke in favor of the issue. The council tabled the issue after Carillo requested city staff develop a complete set of standards for an RV community.

As aransaspasssprogress tells MHProNews, council member Philip Hyatt asked for the new standards to be presented within 60 days. ##

(Photo credit: trulia–San Benito, Texas manufactured home)

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RV Community and Marina purchased by Equity LifeStyle Properties

September 19th, 2013 Comments off

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) has acquired Fiesta Key RV Resort, a 324-site resort and marina in the Florida Keys. Located in the Florida Keys on the Gulf of Mexico, ELS paid $24.6 million, according to, funded with cash. As MHProNews knows, ELS is the largest owner of manufactured home and recreational vehicle communities with 377 properties in 32 states and British Columbia, Canada, comprised of 139,288 sites. ELS, a publicly-traded real estate investment trust (REIT) stock, closed up +0.46 percent at 35.52 in today’s trading.

(Photo credit: Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc.–Lake Haven, Clearwater, Fla.)

Residents Protest Closing of Community

August 1st, 2013 Comments off

Following a story MHProNews covered yesterday (July 31) concerning the closing of Dallas West Mobile Home/RV community and subsequent protests led by Carlos Quintanilla, some 30 residents marched up and down the street at owner Cienda Partners offices with signs and slogans Wed. Cienda has offered each of the 42 homeowners up to $2,000 if they move by Oct. 31, and $1,000 if by Nov. 30, and nothing after that, offers Quintanilla calls insulting, and one the protesters have refused, because it would cost much more to move the factory-built homes, if indeed they can be moved. Speaking on behalf of the community owner, and noting the demonstration did not change the offer, Randall White says, “Our focus right now is helping those property and leaseholders who want to take advantage of this offer that’s being made right now. We had discussions about how we could do this in a way that demonstrates that we are going above and beyond what we are required to do.” The dallasmorningnews says Cienda had extended the closing of the community from Aug. 31 to Jan. 31, well beyond the 30 days required in the leases with the residents.

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Residents Offered Relocation Costs as Community Sets to Close

July 31st, 2013 Comments off

Updating a story MHProNews published July 3, 2013 regarding the anticipated closing of the Dallas West Mobile Home/RV community set for Aug. 31, current owner Cienda Partners has extended the final date to Jan. 31. Hispanic rights activist Carlos Quintanilla, representing the residents, had asked for $8,500 relocation allowance for each homeowner, a six-month rent-free extension, and assistance finding a new place to live. The owners said their lease agreement only requires them to give 30 days notice but they gave 81 days, and offered $2,000 if residents moved by Aug. 31, $1,000 if they were gone by Nov. 30, and nothing after that. Quintanilla says, “These are individuals who have lived there for a very long time, and they’ve invested money in their homes,” alleging the owners have neglected needed repairs. Cienda has an agreement to sell the property, located in what’s becoming a high-end redevelopment area near downtown Dallas, to Wood Partners of Atlanta who will likely build apartments on the site. As dallasobserver reports, Cienda says they are looking forward to helping residents find new homes.

(Photo credit: dallasobserver/facebook–Carlos Quintanilla speaking to residents of Dallas West Mobile Home/RV community.

When is a Manufactured Home not a Dwelling?

July 17th, 2013 Comments off

The definition of a dwelling in the Sussex County Code in southern Delaware is, “A building or portion thereof containing cooking and housekeeping facilities, designed or used exclusively for residential occupancy…,” but it excludes hotels, motels, lodges, tourist courts as well as manufactured housing (MH). An editorial in capegazette.villagesoup asks why MH is not included, above all in light of an ongoing discussion of a recreational vehicle (RV) community proposed for Massey’s Lake. The code has attracted attention since attorneys for the development say residents of manufactured homes are not entitled to the same protection as other homeowners. Inconsistent in the code, ordinance 2512 refers to manufactured and modular homes as dwellings, MHProNews has been informed. The editorial states: “Everyone who lives full time in a residential structure deserves equal protection under county code no matter how the home was built.”

(Photo credit: Ron MacArthur/capegazette–Rehoboth Shores near Long Neck Del.)

Largest Manufactured Home Community CEO Speaks

April 26th, 2013 Comments off

SeekingAlpha reports Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc., the largest operator of manufactured home communities in the U.S., issued the transcript of its conference call for the first quarter 2013 financials April 23. CEO Margeurite Nader, noting the consistency of growth in their funds from operations (FFO), said demand continues to be strong for manufactured housing and the company focus is on increasing ownership. While the used sales volume increased 15% this first quarter, ELS and Cavco Industries, Inc. entered an agreement for Cavco to put homes in ELS communities and offer financing services. In the RV sector she said transient revenue rose ten percent over last year, mostly from Florida and Arizona, new RV distribution channels have been established, and a deal is cooking with a large RV rental firm. In addition, CFO Paul Seavey covers, in detail, the financials for Q1 2013 as well as expectations. MHProNews understands ELS is the largest MH and RV community owner with over 140,000 sites. For the complete transcript, click here.

(Photo credit: Equity LifeStyle Property–Calif. Country Club)

Site Approved for MHC Development

March 14th, 2013 Comments off

The Memphis-Shelby County Office of Planning and Development (OPD) has recommended approval of the former Memphis Mobile City that flooded in 2010 and 2011 becoming an RV resort with over 100 sites, as memphisdailynews tells MHProNews. The adjoining 33 acres not in a floodplain would be a 101-site manufactured home community including a recreation building, playground, and an area for boat and trailer storage. The Memphis Blues RV Resort and Village, owned by United Mobile Homes of Tennessee, goes before Shelby County Land Use Control Board for approval. The OPD says, “While this is in the floodplain of Todd’s Creek, RVs have the ability to leave the site quickly in the event of a large flood emergency. The site plan also incorporates a berm in close proximity to Todd’s Creek to limit the effects of a flash flood event.” Another planned development for a nearby MHC was denied a variance and will also become an RV community. Memphis Mobile City was built before zoning laws prevented land being used for MHCs and was grandfathered in.

(Photo credit: Champion Homes)

Modular Homes to Arrive within Two Weeks

February 7th, 2013 Comments off

Following up on an MHProNews story Feb. 1, 2013 about the 1,000 homes that were damaged in a flood in Bundaberg, Australia, Premier Campbell Brown toured the area and assured the people who are currently living in tents that at least 12 three-bedroom modular homes will arrive within two weeks for those whose homes have been completely destroyed. The Daily Telegraph reports boxes containing shoes, underwear, shirts and shorts are being unloaded for distribution. The main tent has 320 beds with laundry and bathroom facilities and can feed up to 450 people from a mobile kitchen. Another 57 beds will be available at Finemore Caravan Park, which is comparable to an MH and RV community in the U.S.

(Photo credit: UK Construction)

Sun Buying out Rudgate?

November 26th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we posted Nov. 22, 2012 about Sun Communities, Inc.’s acquisition of four MHCs from Rudgate in southeastern Michigan for $71.1 million, and its assumption of managerial responsibility for two additional communities, MHProNews has learned Rudgate shows ownership of six MHCs on its website. It could not be immediately confirmed if these are the same ones for which Sun is now responsible. However, Sun is headquartered in Southfield, Mich., very close to the properties shown on Rudgate’s website. Meanwhile, Zacks reports in the recent Q3 Sun acquired Blazing Star, an RV community with 260 homesites in San Antonio, Texas for $7.1 million. The company intends to build over 1,500 homesites by the end of 2013, mostly in Colorado and Texas.

(Photo credit: Rudgate)

Sun Acquires Fla. RV Community

November 8th, 2012 Comments off

MHProNews has learned the 127-acre RV community Rainbow RV Resort in Frostproof, Fla. has been sold to Sun Communities, Inc. of Southfield, Mich. Brokered by Marcus & Millichap, Rainbow is located in central Fla. east of Tampa, and offers a large heated swimming pool, a 15,000 square foot modern clubhouse with numerous amenities and activities, and two spas. Built in 2000, Rainbow is a five star 55+ gated community. Dan Mulkey, of M & M, says, “Rainbow RV is a beautiful community, having all lots large enough to accommodate permanent park model homes. Every year more permanent units are added, providing a stabilized income going forward. The park enjoys many of the same campers returning each year, adding to its stability.” Sun is a REIT that owns and operates 165 manufactured home and RV communities comprised of 57,700 developed sites. The selling price was not immediately available.

(Photo credit: Marcus & Millichap)