Gene Alderson said, “never ever buy a home on some elses [sic] land.” To which Marquis Allen replied, “So true, and yet sad.”
While those posted comments on Delaware Online’s story, “Residents feel forced out of Magnolia development” might have been by community activists. But their comments have the look and feel of actual readers from the general public – expressing their views on manufactured home land-lease living.
And therein lies multi-billion-dollar rub.
The News Journal’s writer Jerry Smith’s account provided a far more balanced presentation than the recent part one of the NPR story on manufactured home communities did.
Smith’s narrative begins with the tension and the drama, “George Makdad and Breanna Waltz are resigned to the fact that they won’t be living in their St. Jones Landing manufactured home park a year from now.”
“Our rights are being trampled and K-4 is breaking laws here,” Smith reports that Makdad, a 12-year resident of St. Jones Landing, said. They’re “not dealing with us in good faith like the law states.”
The bottom line for this story at present is that both sides – residents and management – are digging in, and there will obviously be more to cover in this struggle the days ahead.
But in the wake of the NPR story on Syringa Mobile Home Park, should this Delware case and others raise a broader discussion about how manufactured home communities handle such resident issues?
NPR’s slanted Syringa story has a wide range of spot-on responses from manufactured home industry professionals, some of which are found in the detailed report linked here.
The Daily Business News will monitor developments on this St. Jones Landing situation, and update readers as information warrants. ##
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(Editor’s Note: RC Williams has taken some well-earned time off, and will return in the new year.)