Harkening back to a story we have covered several times, the last being May 29, 2012, the RapidCityJournal reports from Box Elder, South Dakota, the Box Elder Planning and Zoning Commission continues to have questions abut Bob Akers’ Wagon Wheel Estates MHC being converted from 125 factory-built homes to 175 modular homes spaced ten feet apart. His request on May 29 was to site 166 homes on the 40 acre lot, which prompted concerns from the commission about available green space, emergency vehicle access, storm water runoff, and limited parking. The commission continues to have the same concerns, and requested an impact study before further consideration. MHProNews.com learned previously Box Elder requires manufactured housing to be spaced 20 feet apart, but no similar statute exists for modular homes. One commissioner says the density is too great. A representative for Akers says the tight spacing is needed to make the project financially viable.
(Photo credit: MHVillage/Box Elder, SD)