Posts Tagged ‘Santa Rosa’

Manufactured Home Community Shut Down, Residents Barred from Homes, by Government Officials

November 8th, 2017 Comments off

CondemendUnsafeEntryJourneyEndMobileHomeParkAsbestosConcernsAllegedEPACheckingDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsA manufactured home community industry source recently told MHProNews that, “California does not believe in property rights, plain and simple.”

In Santa Rosa, the “Journey’s End Mobile Home Park will remain closed at least until Wednesday pending laboratory test results of materials found last week in the fire-ravaged community that may contain asbestos, officials said Sunday at a community meeting,” per the local Press Democrat.

The Daily Business News has previously reported on the devastation that took place there, during the recent wildfires that ravaged that part of the Golden State.

That original story, is linked here, and one of the videos from that first Daily Business News report, is below.

The park [sic], located on Mendocino Avenue just north of Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, was shut down by city officials Friday morning following consultations with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials who are leading a countywide cleanup of household hazardous waste in the wake of fires that destroyed more than 5,000 Sonoma County homes.”



Materials that may contain asbestos were found by EPA crews at 25 sites in Journey’s End, said Tom Dunkelman an on-scene coordinator for the federal agency, told a crowd of about 200 people at the Steele Lane Community Center, according to the Press Democrat report.


The residents were not all as convinced.

A Bunch of BS, Says Resident

Louise Smith, an octogenarian who said she is park’s longest-tenured resident at 37 years, said she’s unsure if she wants to return but wasn’t impressed with the asbestos issue,” per the Press Democrat, adding, I think it’s a bunch of bull— if you ask me,” she stated to them after the meeting.

There is also some speculation that this may be used as a reason to keep the community closed, and potentially redevelop it, per local sources.

MHProNews will continue to track this story, given the numerous nuances that could impact that state and others in the industry. ## (News, analysis, commentary.)

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Modular Builder Holding Workshops on Construction

May 7th, 2013 Comments off

According to northbaybusinessjournal in Calif., Santa Rosa-based HybridCore Homes is designing the first phase of an 81-unit modular apartment complex in Williston, North Dakota, where the Bakken Oil Field has created a large demand for housing. The second phase calls for an additional 324 apartments. The name refers to the melding of off-site and on-site construction techniques for building a home, beginning with a module. Other modular projects HybridCore is working on include a 24-unit apartment in LaCrosse, Wis. and three single homes in Austin In California, the company has two projects with Calistoga Affordable Housing, a 60-plus townhome development, and several individual homes around the state. Otis Orsburn, vice-president of construction, says, “As new home construction gets back on the radar, we are getting calls daily about using the HybridCore Homes methodology of homebuilding.” The firm won the Best New Home Design in the 2,200 square foot category awarded by the National Modular Housing Council in April. MHProNews understands the company is holding a two-day workshop for builders May 22 and 23 in Santa Rosa to learn the technology.

(Photo credit: northbaybusinessjournal–HybridCore Home in Los altos, Calif.)

Modular Core Homes Featured on SmartPlanet

February 14th, 2012 Comments off

smartplanet screen shotCBS News Smart Planet recently ran a segment on HybridCore Homes which use nearly all recycled construction materials to build, and are completed in about two months. According to the broadcast, the homes gain both from the efficiencies of an assembly-line process and the fact that weather doesn’t effect construction in a factory. In the broadcast SmartPlanet’s Sumi Das shows a core being placed for a prototype home in Santa Rosa, California and completed on site. The home is “practically complete upon arrival” and costs 20-30 percent less than a home built on site from the ground up.

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Industry Pioneer John Gunter Dies

March 2nd, 2011 Comments off

In 1960, John and Charlotte Gunter arrived in Santa Rosa, pulling a 26-foot factory-built home from Kentucky, reports the  They began GV Custom Modular Construction in their home in 1972, and over the next 40 years, developed a multi-million dollar business constructing modular homes, classrooms, and buildings for customers in California, and as far away as Japan.  John “Jack” Henry Gunter died Feb. 16, and his son, J.R. Gunter, said his father was proud to have helped cash-strapped school districts provide needed classroom space with buildings that blended into the campus.  J.R. added, “It was an absolute blessing that I was able to be mentored and coached by someone with such high standards and such passion for the construction industry, and the desire really to not just make a buck, but to really help the community.”  J.R. and his brother, Dennis, took over the company in 1997.  We at convey our condolences to family, friends and loved ones of a true pioneer of the industry.