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Planning Commission Moves Beyond Jurisdiction

September 8th, 2012 Comments off

The vagazette informs MHProNews compassion led the Planning Commission in James City, Virginia to take a step beyond the legal border of the Public Service Area (PSA) and recommend extending sewer service to residents of the Greensprings Mobile Home Park. The two-and-a-half hour meeting saw several of the 80 residents in attendance overwhelmed with emotion as they described their plight of dealing with the failing septic system. Greensprings owner John Franklin is willing to pay $600,000 to run the sewer lines into the community, but a special use permit is required. County planning staff recommended denying the request out of concern for setting a future precedent. The Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of the permit and rezoning application and sent it on to the Board of Supervisors for review.

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Problem MHC on Block

August 24th, 2012 Comments off

Harking back to a story we have been following since Sept. 2011 and that we last covered July 13, 2012, Edgeway Mobile Home Park in Middleboro, Massachusetts has been under a cloud of violations, court judgments, and missed deadlines since it first opened in the 1990’s, and now, since original developer Wayne Williams’ death six years ago, his estate has been placed under an administrator who says there are still not enough resources to replace the septic system or complete the drainage and road construction. southcoasttoday says attorney James Burke reports rental income from the residents barely covers routine maintenance and he intends to sell the MHC “as is,” a plan that the town selectmen reject, saying the estate should at least pay to replace the septic system. While such an upgrade would indeed help sell the property, Mr. Burke says the finances simply do not support that. Selectman Ben Quelle, noting the septic issue is tied to health codes, says, “These tenants are hanging by a thread. They’re asking themselves whether they legally need to pay the rent at this point. I sympathize with them. These issues have been going on for a long time and they haven’t been addressed.” MHProNews has learned Mr. Burke has contacted several national MHC developers and hopes to have the property sold within six months.

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MHC License Returns, but Residents Remain Skeptical

July 13th, 2012 Comments off

Following up on a story we began covering Sept. 2011 that we last covered June 28, 2012, the Edgeway Mobile Home Park in Middleboro, Massachusetts, will be licensed for the first time since 2004, as SouthCoastToday tells MHProNews.com. The MHC was never completed according to the plan submitted to the Board of Selectmen in 1985, and health and zoning violations have dogged the community since the 1990’s. Owner Wayne Williams died in 2006, and his son, Cory Farcas, has been running Edgeway since, but missed deadlines in responding to numerous resident complaints concerning drainage, outside lighting, and ventilation, coupled with multiple court hearings and town board rulings have frustrated the town government. Phase one of an agreement reached last year with the owners has been completed, allowing the license to be reinstated. Residents do not have a lot of faith that Phase II—replacement of the MHC’s septic system and completion of roads—will be completed now that the license has been renewed.

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Site-Built Homes Replaced with New MH

December 22nd, 2011 Comments off

The JeffersonPost reports from Ashe County, North Carolina, the High Country Council of Governments is once again applying for a grant to help low-income residents make much-needed home repairs, and in some cases, replace unlivable homes with new manufactured homes. Since 2002, every three years all NC counties, except Wake and Cumberland, are eligible for a block grant through the North Carolina Division of Community Assistance. Ashe County, in the far northwest corner of the state, is applying for $400,000 for the Scattered Site Housing program to assist low-income homeowners. During the last three-year cycle which ended earlier this year, four county homes that were beyond repair were bulldozed and replaced with manufactured homes. The average for each home, including drilling new wells, grading, installing a new septic system, and set-up was $78,000.
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