Archive for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Development plan would replace mobile home park near 31st and Iowa streets with apartments

November 23, 2011


Nearly 1,000 student bedrooms are being planned for an area just east of the Home Depot and Best Buy shopping area at 31st and Iowa streets.

Officials with Austin, Texas-based Aspen Heights hope to build 352 apartment units that would add 994 bedrooms to the area, according to documents filed at Lawrence City Hall.

The development would replace the current Gaslight Village Mobile Home Park that houses about 150 mobile homes. Attempts to reach representatives of Aspen Heights weren’t successful Tuesday, but the owner of the mobile home park said the project would be a benefit for the area.

“They have a good plan for the area,” said Tom Horner III, an officer for the Edwardsville-based company that owns the mobile home park. “I think it is going to be good for everyone, especially the city.”

Horner said his company hasn’t yet set any dates for tenants to be out of the park because a deal to sell the property to Aspen Heights is contingent upon the project receiving necessary city approval. Horner said residents of the mobile home park will be given more than two months’ notice before they’re required to leave, and he said there are mobile home parks in the city willing to help pay expenses to move the trailers into their developments.

According to documents filed at City Hall, the new project would be designed to be a “student residential community,” but plans call for it to be different from traditional apartment complexes. Instead of building a few large apartment buildings, the company is proposing to build about 200 house-like structures spread out on the 40-acre site. The development would include a mix of four-bedroom “cottages,” three-bedroom duplexes and two-bedroom duplexes. The plans also include a deck and pool area, a clubhouse and sports courts.

To build in Lawrence, the company is seeking to rezone the mobile home park from a single-family residential zoning district to RM-12, a multifamily zoning category that would allow 12 living units per acre. Both planning commissioners and city commissioners ultimately will need to approve the plans before the project can move forward.

The proposal is just the latest in a string of apartment developments that have targeted Lawrence. Construction currently is under way on a $28.5 million apartment project — called Hunter’s Ridge — that will add 300 apartments to the area near Sixth Street and Stoneridge Drive. Developers also are trying to win approvals for new one-bedroom apartments near Clinton Parkway and Crossgate Drive and loft apartments at Ninth and New Hampshire streets.


twaldaisy 6 years, 5 months ago

Some of those trailers probably wouldn't survive a move. Plus some people are retired living in a trailer that has been paid in full for years. What happens if their home can't be moved?

imastinker 6 years, 5 months ago

What are you suggesting? The owners of the park can't tell people to move?

It happens all the time, especially in larger parks. They don't allow trailers to be "eyesores" and they are told to move after the trailer is 15-20 years old. They are renting the lot.

kernal 6 years, 5 months ago

Evidently, you haven't driven by there lately. You can see rusted out non-habitable trailers from the road and they've been sitting there longer than two years.

Margie Hackett 6 years, 5 months ago

SLUM lords really don't care what happens. As long as he makes money. This move maybe will be good for Lawrence but what about all the low income familes. Where are they suppose to go? To the homeless shelters or under the bridges in north lawrence. Oh buy the way the original trailer parks address was 3020 iowa. The entrance was off of iowa st. and ran along 31st.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if the owners of the trailer park are among those who made last minute donations for the new homeless shelter. If not, they should have, considering at least some of the folks living there will probably end up at the shelter.

Liberty275 6 years, 5 months ago

It really disgusts me to agree with you. I'll get over it though.

It isn't like one or two families are evicted to look for a new place, it will be a hundred more or less. That's going to make it impossible for the displaced to find a new place. I think in a case like this there should be a required amount of time given for people to move, like 3 years.

Dumb City (you know who you are), quit busting college kids for figuring our they like alcohol and go to work protecting you residents.

Now I have to go rinse out the filthy taste left by agreeing with Bozo; pardon me please.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

Yea, I'm sure that including both logic and compassion into your thought processes was an extreme shock.

Haiku_Cuckoo 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't see how this will cause homelessness. There are numerous other trailer parks in Lawrence where these people can relocate their mobile homes. It's not like they're being kicked out of a house; they can take their houses with them. Since this project is still in the early planning stages, that gives the residents plenty of time to find a new location.

Heather Perry 6 years, 5 months ago

it costs to move them and I'm quite sure some of those people who live on fixed income will not be able to afford this. Or if the trailer isnt in the best of shape the other trailer parks might not accept them. Its not like they can hitch them to the back the truck and move on.

eatatrex 6 years, 5 months ago

They maybe called mobile homes but you cant just move them. Also if its more than ten years old most parks wont allow them in. Thats just the way it is and most of those homes wont be excepted . Also I dont know of any park thats going to pay 3,000.00 to 5000.00 bucks to move a mobile home into a park, Its not going to happen. The last time Hornner did this it displaced alot of people. I dont think there is a good answer but 2 months isnt enough time ,maybe 4-6 months would have been nice ..

missinks 6 years, 5 months ago

From what I understand there are communities that will pay up to $5000 to have the home moved if approved for the park. They might want to check around with the communities near by. They need to check as soon as possible though as the lots may not last long.

jesse499 6 years, 5 months ago

136 new units at the ledgends,352 here thats all we're go to have in town is student houseing and fast food.

LogicMan 6 years, 5 months ago

I smell opportunity for someone to develop a new trailer park. Any sites within or immediately adjacent to city limits that make sense?

Carol Bowen 6 years, 5 months ago

The owner of the mobile home park has always expressed concern for relocation of his tenants. When Home Depot was planned, the owner worked out a plan for relocation of the affected tenants.

I don't think Loisiana Street can handle any more traffic without significant improvements including More traffic controls.

LogicMan 6 years, 5 months ago

Widen it. And extend 31st to the east. And finish the SLT.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 5 months ago

Widening Louisiana Street is not easy. Next time you use the street notice all the driveways and cul d sacs. The elevations on each side are not flat. There is an isolated neighborhood behind Checkers, and there are no four-way intersections.

Will the city extend 31st Street? The SLT plan includes moving 31st Street to 32nd Street.

Lawrence's streets were never planned, and the city still does not plan them. We see the same mistakes over and over.

Lawrence_Pilot 6 years, 5 months ago

So, where do 300 low-income folks go, exactly? No one cares, of course.

It costs about $4K to move a mobile home, and that's if the home is in good enough condition to be moved.

Enlightenment 6 years, 5 months ago

let's not forget about the affordable apartment units that are coming to east Lawrence.

Enlightenment 6 years, 5 months ago

They will live in the older apartments in town. Once all the new proposed apts are built, the older properties will need to lower rent in order to keep occupancy high. Will be good for lower income renters.

irvan moore 6 years, 5 months ago

an most of the homes in there aren't worth the cost of moving them and the other parks won't accept them anyway

Stephanie Hull 6 years, 5 months ago

I think the City should approve the zoning change for this complex in exchange for changing the zoning in the Oread Neighborhood back to single-family. Maybe then families could afford to buy those old homes and restore them so that the area around campus coud look nice.

FlintlockRifle 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't remember a trailer park @ 31st and Iowa, my guish writer it's 3 blocks east of Iowa, but you did get the 31st street right, several years ago they moved a bunch of these old eye sores away for the present Home Depot (should have been Lowes) oh well that's the way the cookie crumbles

Liberty275 6 years, 5 months ago

Great. Now you jinx everything around the trailer park. If a tornado hits that area within 7 years, it will be your fault.

Liberty275 6 years, 5 months ago

Where are all the poor people in the trailers going?

Margie Hackett 6 years, 5 months ago

very good question liberty275. one would really like to see the answer to.

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