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City of Portsmouth New Hampshire: CITY OF PORTSMOUTH CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF AFFORDABLE HOME AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT

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The City of Portsmouth and New Hampshire Community Loan Fund held a ribbon cutting Tuesday, June 20 on a project including five new affordable homes and significant site and infrastructure improvements at Woodbury Cooperative, a resident-owned manufactured-home park near downtown Portsmouth.  

The initiative to finance and support infrastructure improvements including water, sewer and paving upgrades was undertaken by the City’s Community Development Block Grant Program staff in conjunction with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. The ribbon-cutting marked the completion of five years of effort to ensure that residents of Woodbury...

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Ouch. $160,000 for a one-bedroom mobile home? I think maybe somebody at the non-profit in charge of this project should have maybe gone to the Louisville home show or talked to just about any park owner because … you got screwed.

KTVQ: Montana renters lose housing as national eviction rate soars

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BILLINGS — Eviction rates are at an all-time high in some parts of the country, and Montana renters are not immune to a slow spike in evictions post-pandemic.

In Montana, a person can be evicted in as little as three days, and that's the type of eviction notice Shelley Cooper got after falling behind on two months of lot rent at the Cherry Creek Mobile Home Park in Billings. Cooper's eviction notice came with a court summons.

“I took the receipts that I paid up to date when I answered my summons, so I paid it up to date before the court date even came about. Which I’m not understanding why we had to go to court anyway," Cooper said.

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Guys, Covid is over. Officially. The masks are in the trash can. Nobody is getting the shots. Nobody can use Covid as an excuse any more. If evictions are soaring in Montana it’s because residents are not paying their rent. There are millions of jobs available. Go back to work and pay the rent. Stop using the Covid nonsense. Nobody is buying it.

WGCU: Of the Americans living in mobile homes, 3 million of them reside in high flood areas

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A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

Nationwide, some 20 million Americans live in mobile homes, and almost three million of these residences sit on high-flood-risk land. Now, here to tell us more about what kind of options they have is NPR's Mallika Seshadri. Mallika, the situation in Montana really sounds terrible, but how common is it?

MALLIKA SESHADRI, BYLINE: Yeah, it is really difficult. People facing eviction after a natural disaster appears to be pretty common, though. A 2021 study of four Southern states shows evictions went up by more than 30% in storm-affected areas in comparison to nearby regions that weren't hit as hard. Oftentimes, mobile home...

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Wow, the writer of this article put in literally zero minutes in research. Here are some factual problems:

  1. There are NOT 20 million Americans living in mobile home parks (which is what the writer implies). There are 44,000 mobile home parks in the U.S. with an average lot count (nobody knows but just guessing) of 50 units per park. That’s 2.2 million mobile homes in all parks combined. Assuming 3 people per home (which is too high) that’s 6.6 million Americans. What the writer missed is that around 65% of all mobile home residents live on their own land and not in a park. Big difference.
  2. When a mobile home park is in floodplain (and subdivisions, too) what’s at issue is how many lots are in the flood plain and how high the water goes (known as Base Floodplain Elevation or BFE). If a park has only the greenspace in floodplain or the water only goes 1” high, it’s not that important.
  3. I hate to rain on the writer’s parade who is trying to publicly shame park owners but there are 14.6 million housing PROPERTIES in floodplain in the U.S. – and that number includes apartments that could have 100 units or more. That’s a fact that you can find on Google in 2 seconds (would have been nice for the writer to spend at least 2 seconds of research). That makes this whole mobile home park shaming seem a little out of proportion, right?

The good news is that AI is going to replace writers like this, and they can then devote their lives to higher pursuits like driving for Grubhub.

ABC Action News: Flooding issues continue at Twin City Mobile Home Park nearly 3 years after initial report

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nearly three years after ABC Action News first reported on the drainage and flood issues at Twin City Mobile Home Park, residents said the problems continue.

In addition to flooding as a result of rain, residents told ABC Action News they are also experiencing flooding from the tide.

Diane Carr has lived at the mobile home park for ten years. She is fearful the next big storm could completely flood her home.

"My trailer is going to cave in, and I am not going to have a place to live," Carr said.

In April of 2022, ABC Action News asked Lakeshore Management company what was being done to fix the problem.

In a...

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And this is why it’s becoming virtually impossible to obtain insurance in Florida. When you live in Florida, flooding comes with the territory, and you must work around that fact. Now people no longer want to accept personal responsibility and want to pretend that you can live at 1’ above sea level and flooding magically won’t happen – or that it’s the landlord’s fault. It is estimated that 16 million stick-built homes in the U.S. will be lost to flooding by 2050 – with a huge percentage of those in Florida. This is not a mobile home park issue, this is an every living person in Florida issue.

The Appeal Democrat: Residents get win in trailer park lawsuit: Complaints included ‘raw sewage’ discharges and lack of fresh water

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Residents of the Country Air Mobile Home Park in Dobbins recently won an up-hill legal battle against the park’s management regarding eight points of litigation including alleged negligence to the property and causing distress to tenants.

After moving to the park with his wife in 2015, Jeffrey Warrens, a spokesperson for the lawsuit, had hopes of spending the rest of his life in their remodeled trailer. However, several maintenance issues and alleged hostility from the park’s management would prevent this.

According to Warrens, when Robert Glander of South Carolina stepped into his role as property manager, he fired all maintenance...

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“After three court dates, Havens confirmed that Lawrence and Glander were willing to settle the case at $25,000. As of June 5, Warrens confirmed that the settlement was paid and will be split between all 15 plaintiffs. Prior to paying the settlement, Glander told the Appeal that he “categorically (denies) all the charges” and declined further comment.“They’ve all got this judgment on the record which is what we wanted so they couldn’t do this again,” Warrens said. “We succeeded in what we wanted to do. Whether we get a dime or not is not the big thing. It’s just nice to know that we did get the judgment.”

I know nothing about this park or any of the matters involved but when you subtract the legal cost of three separate court trials from $25,000 you end up with something like ($25,000) -- or worse – for the residents to split. So the tenants won basically nothing from all this. But wait, they did succeed with one thing… I bet you $50 the park owner puts this land on the market for redevelopment, and nobody on earth could fault him for that. For greater detail read article #1 above.

: Monday letters: Boebert needs to shift focus, vehicle noise enforcement, lack of cash transactions, mobile home park law

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Boebert needs to focus more on district issues

Lauren Boebert’s Congressional District is physically large and touches three borders: Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. Her district, and Colorado itself, do not share a border with Mexico.

Lauren Boebert sits on two House committees: the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Oversight and Accountability. Neither of those committees deals with the issue of immigration. There is a separate committee for that purpose.

So why is Lauren Boebert using her time and energy to introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden regarding his handling of the border crisis and illegal...

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WARNING: CRAZY WOKE JOURNALIST ALERT.

“So why is Lauren Boebert using her time and energy to introduce articles of impeachment against Joe Biden regarding his handling of the border crisis and illegal immigration? She needs to focus on the issues facing her district; and the issues presented to the committees she serves on.”

So let me get this straight: the allegations that Biden may have taken $10 million in bribes and the complete disaster at the border is of lower priority than vehicle noise, cash transactions and trailer parks to Boebert’s constituency? Nice try.

Roanoke Times: Montgomery County judge dismisses mobile home park appeal

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CHRISTIANSBURG — A judge reinforced a lower court’s ruling earlier this year that decided that the owner of the Massie’s Mobile Home Park showed no willful negligence with the bills when a municipal utilities provider shut off water to the property in November.

In a letter addressed to the attorneys in the case, Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Robert Turk dismissed an appeal of a ruling issued by a General District Court judge in January.

The case is rooted in an incident on Nov. 15 when the Montgomery County Public Service Authority shut the water off to Massie’s for several hours after the park’s still relatively new owner...

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Let me get this straight – the park residents lost water for three hours and they therefore feel entitled to $5,000 damages per household? I have lost water at my house probably ten times in 20 years due to main water line breaks on the city’s equipment. I never – NOT EVER – would have dreamed to make such an asinine request. This defies all logic and is a testament to what a completely screwed up country we have become.  Fortunately the judge saw through this nonsense and tossed the case.

Also note that the journalist titled this piece “dismisses the mobile home park appeal” which is not true and the title should have been “dismisses the mobile home park RESIDENTS’ appeal”. Gee, I wonder what side the writer was on?

NBC4: Paramount families fear eviction after new RV park owners raise rent

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Residents of a mobile home park in Paramount fear that they may soon be homeless after being served eviction notices.

The new owners of Elijah Park, formerly known as The Wheel Trailer Park, in Paramount have raised rent for families. Tenants say they’re now expected to pay double, and for some even triple, what they were paying before.

When tenants told the new owners they could not afford the rent increases, the residents received a notice of eviction.

“I can’t sleep at night,” said a worried teen in an interview with Telemundo 52. “My family doesn’t know what we’re going to do.”

Many have been living in the RV park for years. Some...

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Hmmm … I think I saw that same concept two stories ago. If the residents don’t want to pay a rent high enough to support keeping the mobile home park a mobile home park, then I can already hear the “land for sale” sign being nailed up on the frontage and the apartment developers starting to make offers. IS EVERYONE IN AMERICA TOO STUPID TO SEE THAT ARTIFICIALLY KEEPING RENTS LOW SIMPLY LEADS TO PARKS BEING TORN DOWN? Apparently so.

Johnstonian News: Owners of mobile home parks cry foul

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SELMA — The town has told mobile home park owners they’ll have to start reading the individual water meters at homes in their parks.

With the switch to digital meters, Selma has said it will read only the main water meter at mobile home parks and send the park owner a single bill.

That meter will read just the total amount of water entering the park. It’ll be up to park owners to then read each home’s meter, calculate its share of water used, issue a bill and collect the money.

Jennifer Talton, owner of Southern Estates mobile home park, said that was a bad idea. “This will only be a hardship to Southern Estates and to all the confused...

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The good news is that very, very few mobile home parks in the U.S. have cities that read and bill the water meters. Normally, the city sends one master bill to the park owner and then they read their own submeters and bill it back. But before these owners start thinking about installing meters, they might want to change to a RUBS or CAMS system and get out of the metering business altogether. Of course, that’s often the reason the city put the meters in to begin with, because most cities hate RUBS and CAMS (where you send residents either the same bill per lot or a gradated bill based on number of constants). But that’s where this is going for those owners. And the water companies are to blame.

Tampa Bay Times: A Florida mobile home park closed. What happened to its residents?

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The news that would upend Griselda Cano’s life came casually.

The same letter was tacked to every homeowner’s door that balmy September day. Its message, packed with legal jargon, spread quickly: The owner of their Clearwater mobile home park had new plans for the land.

In six months, they would be evicted.

“One never imagines such a thing,” said Cano, 34, in Spanish. “It’s such a big place, with so many families.”

But what was unfolding at Capri Mobile Home Park has become a familiar story.

When land for development is scarce and a housing market is hot, mobile home parks are particularly vulnerable to closures, housing experts say. Over...

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This is an EXCELLENT article – fair and unbiased and based on fact. And the problem is best described in one quote from the article on what the residents of the park found when they had to find a new place to live as the park was being redeveloped: the “rent was often double, or even triple, the $850 a month they paid for their lot”.

In ALL of these type of stories – and there are several every week – the reason the park shut down was that you can build apartments on that land, stack them two or three high, and rent them for $1,850 per month per unit (that’s the price that the apartments that just went up on another nearby park are priced at). So what landlord needs a mobile home park for $850 per month in lot rent when you can get nearly $6,000 per month for that same spot of land?

Of course, the only difference is that the park already exists and you have to build the apartment building which costs capital. But the moral needs to be that all these residents and media advocates – and the idiotic politicians that pander to them – need to be chasing after park owners begging them to raise their rents high enough to not be tempted to tear the park down and put up apartments. It’s not rocket science.

OPB: New modular homes for S. Oregon wildfire victims found to be uninhabitable

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About 60 modular homes in Phoenix that were meant to be prioritized for Almeda Fire victims were recently discovered to be uninhabitable.

Replacing the homes could cost $20-25 million.

The state had purchased about 120 modular homes to be installed on the site of the Royal Oaks Mobile Manor in Phoenix, which was destroyed in the 2020 fire.

The project broke ground in November and planned to house 118 families. But families were told this week that their move-in date has been postponed indefinitely after about half of the homes were found to be uninhabitable.

Rep. Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, said the defects were discovered in recent weeks as...

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“About 60 modular homes in Phoenix that were meant to be prioritized for Almeda Fire victims were recently discovered to be uninhabitable. Replacing the homes could cost $20-25 million.”

Basic math yields that for 60 modular homes to be worth $25 million means that the bureaucrats spent $416,666 per home – that’s right nearly half-a-million dollars per unit.

Do you seriously believe they spent $416,666 per unit on homes that you and I can buy factory direct for maybe $80,000 all day long?

I know that government spending is out of control, but how can taxpayers read this and not freak out?

Town Square Live: https://townsquaredelaware.com/manufactured-housing-bill-discussed-in-committee/

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A bill that would lower rent for people living in manufactured housing communities seems headed to the House floor.

House Bill 212, sponsored by House Majority Leader Rep. Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, would prohibit manufactured home community owners from increasing rent by more than 5% each year and require community owners to submit annually to the The Delaware Manufactured Home Relocation Authority the number of people using rent assistance.

While the bill only received four of the required seven votes to be sent out of House Housing Committee, it was to be circulated among members who were absent Wednesday because of a heavy committee...

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I guess the politicians in Delaware don’t read this weekly publication or they would know that rent control simply leads to parks being torn down and redeveloped. It’s not rocket science.

Weny News: Neighbors express concerns for Cherry Lane Park

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SOUTHPORT, N.Y. (WENY) -- Cherry Lane Park has witnessed every issue from mice, cockroaches, fires, and even residents receiving verbal assault. Neighbors on Sherman Avenue, across from the mobile home park, want the residents to be taken care of.

"All the condemned trailers was supposed to have been removed, and this has been gone ongoing for over a year now, and not one has been removed. What is wrong with this picture?" shares concerned Sherman Avenue resident, Grace Gee.

 

Jaqueline and her significant other received an eviction notice hours after signing new rules and regulations for the mobile home park. They have until...

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This is the most confusing article I’ve ever seen. The residents are deliberately trying to get their own park shut down. At least that’s how it appears. Read this quote:

“Well, the promises that had been made to us residents was that if nothing got done in that trailer park by December, they were gonna close it down. And then lo and behold, it's still operating and still going strong," noted Mary Davenport, Southport resident.” 

I’m sure they’ll get their wish at the rate they’re going. 

Forbes: There’s No Place Like A Fairly Taxed Home—Even If It’s A Trailer

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nearly $110,000) and percentage of college graduates (55%) in the state. It’s also home to billionaire Campbell Soup heir Mary Alice Dorrance Malone and her Iron Spring Farm horse breeding and training operation.

So it might seem an unlikely spot for a project dedicated to righting a little known tax wrong that can crush those living in mobile homes (a.k.a. trailer parks) in a handful of states. But each year, Chester County’s farmers produce 500 million pounds of mushrooms...

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Saving an average of $872 per year in property tax for park residents is great, but the only reason the numbers worked out is that volunteers did all the work and the court appearances (and appeals). It’s an interesting concept that perhaps state MHAs should investigate, but it would need to be a statewide initiative brought by the state MHA to really work.

Post Independent: Residents of Glenwood-area mobile home park preparing to buy land after nonprofit intermediary takes ownership

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After an eventful first few weeks for the new nonprofit owners of the 3-Mile Mobile Home Park outside Glenwood Springs, residents are now in the early stages of organizing to take possession of the land beneath their homes.

Just days after the Roaring Fork Community Development Corporation (RFCDC) closed on the purchase of the 20-space park along 3 Mile Creek on April 27, the Manaus-led organization found itself dealing with potential flooding from the spring runoff.

Thirty-year park resident and head of park maintenance Felix Jimenez would end his long days managing the irrigation system at a local ranch and return to the park to keep an...

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Not to sound like the Grinch but the non-profit spent $2.4 million on a dirt-road 20 space park, and are looking at spending maybe $600,000 more in infrastructure repair. That’s $150,000 per household spent so that they can continue to live in a dirt-road trailer park. Would it not make more sense to buy each household a debt-free stick-built house in another state? Would that not be infinitely better than what they ended up with? I’m all for programs that benefit those in need, but I’m afraid that the virtue-signaling this non-profit was after exceeded common sense.

Daily Inter Lake: Kalispell receives $750K on behalf of manufactured home community

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A resident-owned manufactured home community seeking to hook into Kalispell’s water and sewer system has received a boost from the Montana Coal Endowment Program.

The city of Kalispell received $750,000 from the state-funded program on behalf of the Morning Star Community. City Manager Doug Russell announced the awarding of the funds in his June 2 city manager report.

The South Woodland Drive community, with the assistance of housing nonprofit Neighborworks Montana, has spent more than a year trying to secure funding necessary to hook into the city’s water and sewer in an effort to replace its aging septic system.

The 41-home community...

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States funding the connection of mobile home parks from private to public utilities is smart. Restricting this to only “resident owned communities” is stupid.

Crain's Cleveland Business: From downtown to the suburbs, housing insecurity is a danger to thousands in Northeast Ohio

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Sharena Zayed and her siblings grew up on Cleveland’s East Side in a multi-generational household without a working shower or, at times, hot water.

Their living conditions improved in the late 1990s, when Zayed’s mother obtained a housing choice voucher through a federal program that covers the gap between what a tenant can afford and what a private landlord requires. Still, home never felt like a permanent address.

“It was always dependent on the temperament or stability of the landlord,” said Zayed, a 38-year-old neighborhood organizer. “And it just got worse and worse as time went on.”

When her mother died in early 2022, Zayed’s...

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I’m always confused on these articles. The family in the article earns over $80,000 per year. They pay maybe $10,000 in income tax. The kids to go public school. I’m sure the woman’s job includes health insurance. How can they not afford the $2,000 per month rent? Have you ever wondered why the numbers in these stories don’t add up? I guarantee that if you actually tracked their spending on a given month, there’s much more to the story than what’s revealed. But let’s assume for a minute that they really can’t make it happen on $80,000 in the city. Then move 1-hour out of the city to a small town and housing would be cut in half. In addition, they would have a more family-centered environment and probably be much happier. When you remain status quo and whine about it rather than make a move and better your position, it drives me nuts.

WCAX3: New money to help Vermont mobile home parks

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EAST MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - Historic levels of federal funding are bringing help to some of Vermont’s poorest communities by reinvesting in rural infrastructure.

State data shows about 8% of Vermonters live in mobile home parks. These types of homes accounted for 40% of property damage during Tropical Storm Irene. A plan from the state would invest in rural water and sewer that will improve the lives of mobile home residents.

Communities like Middlebury have long had investments and resources for infrastructure, getting the attention of lawmakers in Montpelier. But rural communities like East Middlebury just next door have long been...

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Vermont working on a mobile home initiative is as whacky as Kansas working on a surfboard initiative. There are fewer mobile home parks in the entire state of Vermont than there are in a typical Missouri metro. Just a bunch of virtue-signaling and nothing more.

Williams-Grand Canyon News: Workforce housing project in Cottonwood to begin renting in July

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COTTONWOOD, Ariz. — Some of the highly-anticipated Inspiration Apartments should be ready to rent next month.

Yavapai College will rent 10 of the apartments for its workforce and has partnered with the developer, Fain Signature Group, to produce attainable housing options for the Yavapai County workforce.

But the ribbon cutting for the 192 apartments will be bittersweet for local housing officials because they know the project will only put a small dent in the housing demand in the Verde Valley

The Inspiration Apartments’ Phase 1 certificate of occupancy, “if we don’t have any more delays of materials, is July,” explained Guy Roginson of...

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"The apartments, which are being built across from the entrance of the Verde Valley Medical Center on State Route 89A, start at $1,575 for a one-bedroom and go up to $2,235 for a three-bedroom, according to its website."


Wait a minute – that’s affordable? Then how can you criticize mobile home parks which offer 3 bedrooms for $995 per month including lot rent? Total hypocrisy!

Storm Lake Times Pilot: Alta City Council changes position on new mobile homes

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The Alta City Council allowed a trailer to move into Westview Mobile Home Park, an about-face from a longstanding precedent that outlawed new trailers from moving in.

The council declined to render a decision on a request from Westview Manager Kenny Bishop and Code Enforcement Officer John Stange to move a trailer from Northside Trailer Park to Westview. The five council members and Mayor Kevin Walsh deferred the decision to Stange and Fire Chief Kirk Reetz. Stange will determine whether the trailer qualifies for a moving permit; Reetz will determine whether the trailer’s new location will meet the city’s fire code.

“I’d like to see...

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"Henderson was on the city council when Councilman Lee Meyer said the council should explore condemning the property, but she offered no opinion on Meyer’s comments. “I had people coming and tell me that you want to close down the trailer park,” Lane said to Henderson. Henderson denied Lane’s claims without explanation."

Come on, nobody can be this stupid. Clearly the city wants the park gone because it’s ugly and offers little in property tax. The greatest B.S. in the world can’t distract from this fact.

JOLT: Olympia committee reviews additional RV parking spaces at Coach Post Mobile Park

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The Olympia Site Plan Review Committee held a presubmission conference on Wednesday on a proposal to add 14 new RV parking spaces to the existing Coach Post Mobile Park at 3633 7th Avenue SW.

Project applicant Bryce Hanson asked the committee to modify the previous proposal to expand the existing mobile home park by 15 spaces.

Hanson is proposing to provide 14 new RV park spaces within the existing Coach Post Mobile Home Park, which currently has 54 spaces.

In the narrative, the applicant stated there would be no improvements to the mobile home park other than installing sewage-holding tanks for the 14 RV park spaces.

Olympia has no...

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Getting approvals to expand RV parks are so much easier than mobile home parks as most Americans have a positive stigma of RVs and a negative one towards mobile homes. It’s interesting tha the #1 assertion of the city to get the permit is that no customer can stay more than 180 days – they want to make sure that this in no way resembles a mobile home park. 

azcentral: Resident of GCU mobile home park in Phoenix says university is demanding silence in exchange for help

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One outspoken resident of a mobile home park that is owned and being redeveloped by Grand Canyon University says the university is trying to silence her in exchange for compensation.

Alondra Ruiz has lived at Periwinkle mobile home park for nine years and has been a central voice at protests and City Council meetings about the park’s closure. She said attorneys for the university asked her to sign a contract with a “non-disparagement” clause that would prohibit her from saying anything negative about GCU or Trellis, the housing nonprofit GCU hired to help residents relocate.

If Ruiz doesn’t sign the contract, she said she will not receive...

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This quote shows how stupid this story is:

"Alondra Ruiz has lived at Periwinkle mobile home park for nine years and has been a central voice at protests and City Council meetings about the park’s closure. She said attorneys for the university asked her to sign a contract with a “non-disparagement” clause that would prohibit her from saying anything negative about GCU or Trellis, the housing nonprofit GCU hired to help residents relocate.If Ruiz doesn’t sign the contract, she said she will not receive the compensation package GCU is offering her, including $10,000."

It's standard business in the U.S. to get release clauses signed when you get paid. Either stop blasting GCU and take the money or get nothing. The resident has no power here and the journalist is giving her false hope. This park closed in May – by the book – and Ruiz and others have no apparent legal basis to still be living there. Grand Canyon University is trying to stop this PR nightmare and have bent over backwards. Their patience is at an end, and I don’t blame them.

Nebraska Examiner: Upset mobile home owners seek reprieve from federal agency’s order to move out

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LINCOLN — Seventeen years ago, Bill Roddy found a little piece of paradise along a quiet reservoir in southwest Nebraska.

Roddy, then living in the Denver area, purchased a mobile home that was for sale on leased land that sits along Swanson Reservoir, a 5,000-acre fishing and recreation lake near Trenton.

Soon, Roddy was a part of a “big family” of 110 mobile home owners, joining boat and golf cart “parades,” a “prom night” party held at the local marina and even pitching in to help a local business clean up storm damage.

“It’s Colorado people, Nebraska folks, it’s Kansas folks, some locals … it’s just a great community,” he said. “It’s...

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“We’re just beyond ourselves about why the Bureau of Reclamation wants to kick us out,” said a resident. Seriously? The story concedes that the park brings in only $30,000 or tax revenue. They are talking about building $10 million of property improvements on this land. That’s an annual tax bill of around $200,000. By giving the green light, the tax authority ends up $170,000 per year richer. And you don’t get that logic? Give me a break.

The Islander Classifieds: Bradenton Beach official gives insight on Pines Trailer Park future

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Some six months after an announcement the owners of the Pines Trailer Park land plan to sell, Bradenton Beach City Hall has yet to receive any inquiries about development options.

But there is speculation among Pines residents and neighbors.

Bradenton Beach building official Steve Gilbert spoke with The Islander June 7 about the process that would be involved in the possible redevelopment of the park.

And he said no one had yet inquired at city hall about the property or the requirements to change the use of the trailer park land.

The owner of the park, the Jackson Partnership, informed the residents Jan. 25 that it intended to sell the...

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Let me get this straight: somebody is buying 2.78 acres for $16.25 million and nobody knows if it’s going to stay a park or not? Not to offend those without math skills, but that’s over $5 million per acre. There’s no mobile home park in the U.S. that can support $5 million per acre outside of Malibu (and even that is sketchy). So clearly, yes, this site will be redeveloped. When the city official says “to change anything over from what it is now, would require a comprehensive plan map change. It would require rezoning. It would require major development application review hearings. You would probably be looking at a two- to three-year process to get it done” he is just trying to confuse the journalist since that timetable is true of all development, not just conversion of a mobile home park to another use. And do you think even one neighbor will speak against tearing down the trailer park to make way for the fancy new hotel? I mean, this thing is next to a boat marina. Give me a break here.

Daily Commercial News: Parkbridge JV launches new land lease ‘attainable’ homes model

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arkbridge Lifestyle Communities has announced a new community partnership with Mattamy Homes that takes Parkbridge’s land lease homes model into the housing mainstream, marketed as “attainable” low-cost residences.

The developer and owner of more than 50 residential land lease communities and 30 recreational resort communities across the country, Parkbridge has until now targeted mainly the seniors market but with its latest move it will now sell land lease housing suitable for purchase as starter homes in mixed-use residential communities.

The new Lakehaven community, with more than 2,000 homes slated to be built in Innisfil, Ont. near...

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“Everyone talks about the missing middle. This is part of what a solution to the missing middle looks like, 1,500- to 1800-square-foot homes with a price of under $500,000 for a base unit,” said Malcolmson."

I know Canadians are richer than Americans on average (nearly twice as rich) but $500,000 is considered “affordable” housing and does not even include the land, which is leased? Wow. I need to open a Louis Vuitton store there.