MHC has Long-standing Issues Between Owners and Town Board

SouthCoastToday reports that the 51 residents of Edgeway Mobile Home Park in Middleboro, Massachusetts may finally get street lights that were supposed to be installed over a decade ago. Only 51 sites 0f the planned 74 are currently occupied because the city revoked the license of the MH community owner, the late Wayne Williams, in 2004 for health and zoning violations and for failure to abide by his permit in constructing the community. Complaints brought before a Superior Court judge include ventilation problems with some of the homes and a retention wall that needs installation. Additionally, drainage problems requiring a new septic system that will have to be approved by the town board of selectmen as well as the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Williams’ son, Corey Farcas, took ownership of the park in 2006 after his father died, but has continued to neglect many of the problems, despite multiple court hearings and town board rulings. In June Farcas said he wanted to do the upgrades necessary to renew the license and sell Edgeway to settle his father’s estate. The town board also oversees rent control, but some of the residents, as well as the state manufactured housing association, contend the board is in conflict with state laws. Selectman Ben Quelle, noting there seems to be a family dispute involved among the community owners, says Edgeway has certain dates to make the improvements. “Anything but an act of God won’t be accepted by this board.” Meanwhile, he says, while some improvements are being made piecemeal, “there doesn’t seem to be anyone minding the store” at Edgeway except for a maintenance man.

(photo credit: Edgeway Mobile Home Park)

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