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Student Housing Planned to Replace Manufactured Housing Community

MHProNews last posted a story May 23, 2013 concerning the closing of a land lease community in State College, Penn. in which the owners were sued for not reimbursing homeowners according to state law, and were ordered to pay. The land has now been sold to Trinitas Ventures, which intends to build luxury student housing on the site, providing the College Township Council will agree to rezone it at a meeting tonight, June 25. The former owners, Kenneth Mayes and his sister Sharon Mayes, sent out notices in Sept. 2012 that the community was closing and they had to move by Feb. 2013. A long-time fixture for affordable housing in the town, the city had not ruled on the rezoning request by Feb., so everyone left. A “Save Hilltop” movement emerged, with many supporters who urged the council to deny the request, according to statecollege.com. Two weeks ago the College Township Planning Commission voted to recommend to the council that they turn down the student housing. In March a realtor explored the possibility of maintaining the land for manufactured housing, but Travis Vencel of Trinitas says the land is owned by his company and there is nothing anyone can do.

(Photo credit: Christopher Weddle/centredailytimes–Hilltop MHC emptying out)

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