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Bad Actor Ferreted Out? MHC Draws Media Attention

May 2nd, 2017 Comments off
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A downed tree at the Highland Woods community. Credit: WSAV.

In Chatham County, Georgia, a “voice of the viewer” report on a local TV station appears to have uncovered a bad actor.

According to WSAV TV, their coverage of lingering storm damage that was causing safety concerns for residents of the Highland Woods Mobile Home Park led to a county inspector paying a visit.

 

We found a lengthy violation history at Highland Woods long before the hurricane hit,” said Bob Sebek, Chatham County’s Zoning Administrator.

Thirteen year resident Carla Law contacted the TV station to report that a home behind hers, smashed by a tree, remained wide open more than six months after the incident.

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Resident Carla Law. Credit: WSAV.

I’m thrilled about the fast response from the inspectors,” said Law.

I think she’s taking pictures of the abandoned homes that, broken glasses are out of, the broken windows, the doors not being secured.”

And, there’s the violation history.

Highland Woods had 88 violations on record since 2002. Last year there were 10, 14 violations were cited in 2015, and in 2014 the trailer park [sic] received 48 violations,” said Sebek.

Law says that A & W Ventures, the company that owns and operations Highland Woods, would address required fixes by performing just enough maintenance to meet code.

They boarded up a few windows and they’ve nailed a few doors shut, and like I said, they do enough to pass what they have to pass,” said Law.

Resident Joan Wells also received an interesting response when she took her issues to the management office in the community

I was told to work it out with her neighbors,” said Wells.

It may be my neighbor, but it’s not my job to go and tell my neighbor, what to do their house or their yard…because I do not rent lots.”

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Sebek says that he spent more than an hour on site at Highland Woods, and that the evidence collected is being processed.

The record indicates the management historically waits until they’re on the verge of a court appearance before violations are addressed and brought up to code,” said Sebek.

Calls to A & W Ventures by MHProNews for comment were not returned.

As Daily Business News readers are aware, the majority of manufactured home community owners strive to run clean, safe communities and adhere to all of the rules. Occasionally, there are those that look to take advantage, and we have covered a number of stories of so-called “bad actors,” including a recent case in Chapmanville, West Virginia. That story is linked here. ##

 

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MHC Gets Assistance From Town Council

March 1st, 2017 Comments off
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The L&L Mobile Home Park. Credit: Hampton County Guardian.

In Hampton, South Carolina last night, Mayor John Rhoden and the Town Council extended a hand to a group of manufactured home community residents in an effort to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

According to the Hampton County Guardian, residents of L&L Trailer Park got word late last year that they would be forced to relocate their homes.

 

The Town of Hampton obtained the property from the Forfeited Land Commission during a December delinquent tax sale.

The town then sold the property to a group that plans to use the land to generate solar power.

Residents were then given 30 days to relocate, which is required by South Carolina law.

The council gave the residents a 30-day extension after hearing their concerns last month, but a handful of residents were at last night’s meeting to ask for additional time.

We are trying to find out where we stand as far as time,said resident Natasha Thomas, a spokesperson for the group.

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Hampton, South Carolina Town Council. Mayor Rhoden, center. Credit: Hampton SC.

I still haven’t been able to move my mobile home [sic] and I need more time. Most of us haven’t been able to move.

Thomas also said that she has found space in another community, but the cost of moving her home is $3,500, which she does not have.

I’m just a cook,” said Thomas.

We are just trying to find out if there is any kind of assistance.

What happened next surprised some of those in attendance.

Unlike their last meeting, Hampton officials had more answers and ideas this time, including assistance from a Palmetto Electric Cooperative community trust fund.

I have talked to Palmetto Trust and I have the applications, but you all will have to fill them out,said Rhoden.

If you fill it out and bring it back to me, I will hand deliver it for you.

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Officials told residents that they they could pick up applications at the town hall, and that they had been in touch with the Lowcountry Council of Governments to see if there were any assistance funds available from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The mayor and council then took an additional step. They unanimously approved a second 30-day extension for the remaining trailer park residents.

We will work with you,said Rhoden.

We aren’t going to leave you out in the cold,” said Mayor Pro Tem Pete Hagood. ##

 

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NIMBY Rears its Head on Proposed MH Community

January 27th, 2017 Comments off
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In Sumter County, Florida, the County Commission approved rezoning 26 acres in rural Wildwood to allow development of a 110-unit subdivision with manufactured homes or townhouses.

And some of the residents were not pleased.

According to Villages News, in an attempted case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a survey of nearby residents found them split on whether the rezoning should be granted. Seven said they had no objection, while five objected.

I am not in favor of a mobile home park [sic] being placed on this property,” said Genevieve Edwards.

A mobile home park [sic] or multiple mobile homes [sic] would lower their property values,” said residents Edna and Edward Adams.

The property was rezoned to rural residential from agricultural, and is located on west side of the city, which is bordered by The Villages, the largest retirement community in the U.S.

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Although the property is adjacent to a parcel with commercial zoning, most of the surrounding land is agricultural.

The city of Wildwood is also well known for its April 2015 rebuff of The Villages petition to expand into the city with 785 new homes. Wildwood leaders rejected the expansion efforts citing concerns of the city losing its identity and becoming overwhelmed by The Villages.

It would be a disservice to our residents and business partners,” Wildwood officials said at the time.

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As Daily Business News readers are aware, we have covered a number of cases of NIMBY recently, including the case in Aiken, South Carolina where residents were very blunt with their feelings.

The reason residents wanted to rezone the area is to keep mobile home parks [sic] out,” said Aiken County Planning Director Stephen Strohminger.

Residents in the area had reached out to former County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie and District 3’s new representative Councilman Danny Feagin, concerned with the possibility of a large, manufactured home park [sic]. They wanted some protection.” ##

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Local Developer Says MH Community Hurts Property Value

January 26th, 2017 Comments off
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North of the border, in Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada, in what appears to be another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a housing developer is not pleased about a planned manufactured home community.

According to the Mayerthorpe Freelancer, local housing developer Tim Rosadiuk criticized Mayerthorpe’s new manufactured housing subdivision and said there is a lack of good places to build in town.

Rosadiuk, president of Cozifoam Roof Armour Systems, made a presentation to the town’s policies and priorities committee meeting on Jan. 16. In that presentation, he said the town was wrong to create a new manufactured housing subdivision on the former site of Ellis Granley Park.

The town needs to generate more tax revenue in order to improve services, be able to pave more roads, encourage population growth and density,” said Rosadiuk.

I would see that it offers up to a 30 to 50 per cent tax revenue possibility than manufactured homes for the same unit area of building space.

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Tim Rosadiuk. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

Rosadiuk also said it was hard to find places in town to develop site-built homes that do not have surroundings that would diminish the value of the property.

I was discouraged to hear that this property is being developed as more manufactured housing,” said Rosadiuk.

If I choose to build a new house in town, I am hard pressed to find a place where the surroundings won’t diminish the resale value of my new property.

After the meeting, Mayerthorpe Mayor Kate Patrick defended the decision on the manufactured home community, sighting the location.

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Mayor Kate Patrick. Credit: Mayerthorpe Freelancer.

We like to keep the manufactured housing subdivisions in areas where they’re not spot zoning into regular housing areas,” said Patrick.

That area was conducive to the manufactured housings that surround it.

Patrick mentioned that development in the new subdivision is making progress with developers and they are expressing interest, although nothing has been confirmed yet.

She added that Mayerthorpe was going to look into the concerns from Rosadiuk.

We’re in the process of reviewing our land use bylaw and some of the concerns that he brought up will be addressed in the new land use bylaw,” said Patrick.

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The Daily Business News covered the controversy in Mayerthorpe recently, and also here in the U.S., where in Aiken, South Carolina, 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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Proposal to Keep Manufactured Housing Out Sent Back to Planning Commission

January 17th, 2017 Comments off
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In another case of NIMBY (Not-In-My-Back-Yard), a South Carolina County Council is asking for more clarity.

The Aiken County Council has sent a proposed rezoning back to the planning commission to review alternate zoning of some or all of the area.

According to the Aiken Standard, last month the County Council passed the first of three readings on a proposed amendment to the Aiken County Official Zoning and Development District to rezone 362 tax parcels, or approximately 1,935 acres.

The Council decided this month to continue second reading on the ordinance until its Feb. 21 meeting to allow for review of alternate plans.

The reason that residents wanted to rezone the area? The potential for a large manufactured home community.

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Stephen Strohminger. Credit: Aiken Standard.

The reason residents wanted to rezone the area is to keep mobile home parks [sic] out,” said Aiken County Planning Director Stephen Strohminger.

Residents in the area had reached out to former County Councilwoman LaWana McKenzie and District 3’s new representative Councilman Danny Feagin, concerned with the possibility of a large, manufactured home park.

They wanted some protection,” said Strohminger.

Strohminger shared that Residential Use Zoning (RD) limits the uses to single-family and multifamily residential, including manufactured homes but not manufactured home communities. It also included crops, bed and breakfast inns, day cares, and uses complimentary to residential such as parks, churches, elementary schools, utilities, and police/fire.

During the council meeting, Strohminger said Rural Development District (RUD) zoning allows for manufactured home communities.

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Danny Feagin. Credit: Aiken Standard.

When asked how the residents would feel regarding potential zoning changes, Councilman Feagin provided an ominous answer.

As long as it keeps the mobile home parks [sic] out, I think the folks would be satisfied,” said Feagin.

 

Potential MH Impact 

As readers of the Daily Business News may be aware, South Carolina has the highest percentage of manufactured housing in the U.S., with nearly 19 percent of all housing in the state falling into the MH category.

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The potential zoning actions by Aiken County could have far reaching impact.

For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years,” said Ed Schafer, Government Affairs Director for the Manufactured Housing Institute of SC.

In some areas it’s been easy. Progressive planning officials in several towns have been very interested in using manufactured homes for ‘urban’ infill.

You can find the full commentary from Schafer and others on zoning linked here. ##

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Flood Recovery Grant to Help Flood Victims with Manufactured Homes

November 18th, 2016 Comments off
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In South Carolina, it’s manufactured housing to the rescue.

According to WLTX19, the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office has received a $96 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which they plan to use to assist people impacted by floods in October.

The recovery program is designed to help low-to-moderate income households focus on the repair or replacement of homes for those who qualify.

We have met families who are living in deplorable conditions,” said a spokesperson for the Disaster Recovery Office. “Not just sub-standard living conditions, but just deplorable. In some homes there’s mildew hanging from the ceiling and it’s just a mess.

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South Carolina flooding. Credit: WLTX 19.

 

The disaster recovery office has a number of manufactured homes that will be used to replace some homes that are no longer habitable due to the flood. The two bedroom, two baths homes are 860 square feet. The goal is to repair or replace 1500 homes.

Residents in Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Newberry, Orangeburg, and Sumter Counties are eligible for the program. Residents in Richland and Lexington County or Columbia are not.

The deadline to apply for the assistance program is April 30th. ##

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City Stops Construction on Manufactured Homes

October 25th, 2016 Comments off

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City/County planner Phil Lindler cited lack of interest as the reason for the zoning change.

The Greenwood City Council voted last month to rezone 61 acres from high-density residential manufactured home (RM7) to high-density residential (R7), according to the Greenwood Index-Journal.

Our hope is that some of the improvements that have happened along Maxwell will continue to go down Maxwell, and all of that area will prosper,” Lindler said. “We feel that manufactured homes provide a quality of home that older homes don’t have. We had originally zoned that section of the city to allow for manufactured homes that would blend in as a housing option.

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The Index-Journal noted that in the last 12 years, no housing permits have come forward for manufactured homes, which prompted the change.

The 118 parcels within the newly rezone area will not be affected by the judgment, according to the Greenwood County Joint Planning Commission.

The change to an R7 zoning designation will ensure that the character of the neighborhood remains consistent with single-family homes replacing structures that are being removed in the revitalization efforts.

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The recently rezoned area.

Greenwood city manager Charlie Barrineau said that the rezoning made sense based on long range planning.

As redevelopment increase in Greenwood’s city center, it appeared to make more sense for neighborhood adjoining the Maxwell Avenue gateway from the Connie Maxwell campus into the Uptown Greenwood area to be zoned residential. 

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Ed Schafer.

On a different issue, the South Carolina Manufactured Housing Association’s Ed Schafer told MHProNews that, “For the last three or four years, the South Carolina association’s focus is to move beyond killing bad zoning proposals and working to reopen areas that have been closed to manufactured homes for many years.”

As in other states where zoning, investment and public understanding issues are often-front-and-center, the struggle for getting more acceptance of manufactured housing is ongoing. ##

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Modular Home Plan Revitalized in South Carolina

March 11th, 2015 Comments off

bluffton_sc__modular_home__wsav_tv__creditA professor of hospitality management at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, is planning on developing 1.6 acres in Bluffton, South Carolina into ten single-family modular homes targeted to young professionals who work in the Old Town area of the city. Sean Barth intends to use three modular home plans that range in size from 770 square feet to 1,600 square feet, from the Bluffton Home series.

The series was a program developed by the city’s Affordable Housing Committee to replace pre-HUD Code homes with modular units, as MHProNews reported July 2, 2014, but no developers or residents have utilized the city’s plan, according to blufftontoday. (In 2011 the city underwrote the building of three modular homes, but it took so long to sell the homes the town decided to open the door for private builders, as MHProNews noted Dec. 19,2011.)

Barth says the neighborhood will be called Tidal Cottages. He says, “I like the home series because (the modular designs), I think, are indicative of the Lowcountry, and it was always my idea to (build modular units) to save the root systems of all the beautiful trees, Barth said. When Bluffton came up with the home series and said they were going to ‘fast track’ houses, I always thought it was a good idea.

Barth visualizes a low-impact development project, utilizing bio-filtration water design with a zero discharge site for stormwater. In addition, the twenty-nine parking spaces will be on previous surfaces to prevent disruption of the root system of the major trees on the property.

Barth presented his plan to the Historic Preservation Commission, but still needs approval from the Blffton Planning Commission. “I am thinking about six months of planning, and we should be set to build, he said. ##

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Manufactured home builder expanding, creating 200 new jobs

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

manufactured-homes-ready-to-ship-credit=wikicommons-posted-daily-business-news-mhpronews-com-Governor Nathan Deal announced Monday that Live Oak Homes, a factory home builder, will expand to Broxton GA, creating 200 jobs and investing $1.4 million into the project over the next two years.

Forward-looking companies such as Live Oak Homes are excellent additions to our solid manufacturing network,” WTOC quoted Deal to MHProNews. This project underscores how well our existing industries are able to succeed, and I have no doubt that Georgia’s top-ranked business climate will help this company better service its growing customer base.”

We have outgrown our current production facility and feel blessed to have the opportunity to add this new plant in Coffee County,” said Joel Scholten, Live Oak Homes General Manager of Operations.

Live Oak Homes opened its first manufacturing facility in Waycross in 2007. They currently employ 200 at this location. The company says they have 88 retailers across six states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and North Carolina. ##

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Defendant Sentenced in Fraudulent HUD Code/Mod Mortgage Scheme

August 7th, 2014 Comments off

handcuffs  ladyars co  ukFollowing a story MHProNews posted June 4, 2014, U.S. District Judge Richard Voorhees imposed a 50 month prison sentence on Marina A. McCuen for her role in a mortgage-fraud conspiracy that originated $158 million in fraudulent federally-secured loans on manufactured and modular homes in North and South Carolina. She worked with two other W. R. Starkey loan officers in helping secure FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans from Phoenix Housing Group based on knowingly inflated income and assets listed for borrowers, and then destroyed loan documents after a Federal investigation into the scheme began. When customers defaulted on loans, the FHA paid insurance claims. Mortgage insurance claims totaled over $24 million, costing the U. S. government more than $15 million. McCuen received $156,000 in commissions, according to citizen-times.com, and will have to pay restitution, the amount yet to be determined, upon completion of her sentence. The other six defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing. ##

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