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  • APAC Renews Outreach to Park Residents in North Dakota | All Parks Alliance for Change
    get involved with APAC Volunteer Become a Member Form an APAC Chapter Establish a Resident Association Become a Citizen Lobbyist Sign up for E Mail Updates Contact Us Tenant Hotline Metro 651 644 5525 Toll Free 1 855 361 2722 State Office 2380 Wycliff St 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 Fax 651 523 0173 Get Directions Email Us Home APAC Renews Outreach to Park Residents in North Dakota Fargo ND Manufactured homes are an important source of housing in North Dakota There are 25 256 families living in manufactured homes 8 of all housing Many of these homes are located in the state s 336 manufactured home parks Many states have special laws protecting residents of manufactured home communities North Dakotas laws provide a few important protections but have a number of very significant weaknesses From 2008 to 2010 APAC maintained a satellite office in Fargo Moorhead with support from the Otto Bremer Foundation In conjunction with NMHOA APAC is renewing outreach to residents in both Fargo and Williston ND 2380 Wycliff Street Suite 200 St Paul MN 55114 651 644 5525 1 855 361 2722 fax 651 523 0173 All Parks Alliance for Change On Social

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  • "Move Roads, Not Homes": 8 Years Later, Residents Stayed While Road Projects and Sports Stadiums Moved On | All Parks Alliance for Change
    In July 2007 the city of Arden Hills unveiled an expansion plan for Highway 10 and County Road 96 as a precursor to redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant TCAAP Just across the street it threatened to displace more than 100 people in Arden Manor It sparked a rebellion among citizens of this north metro suburb At stake were close to 50 families living in this park if the two major arterial roads in the heart of the city were realigned Homeowners living near the roads nearby church congregations and residents defeated several concept plan that would have required the loss of 15 30 or even 50 homes before a plan was put forward to only take two homes In fact the plan also provided a lighted intersection at the park s entrance and sound barriers for the park facing Highway 10 and County Road 96 Vikings Stadium In May 2011 Ramsey County announced an agreement with the Vikings for a new stadium subject to approval by the Minnesota Legislature on the TCAAP site The agreement called for an 884 million stadium and 173 million for on site infrastructure parking and environmental costs Residents feared the proposed stadium would set off a wave of commercial development in this primarily residential area that would drive up property values and force them out In March 2012 Gov Dayton announced an agreement for a new stadium to be built on the site of the Metrodome In May 2012 the Minnesota Legislature approved funding for a new Vikings stadium on that site Rice Creek Commons After the bid for the Vikings failed Ramsey County purchased a 427 acre parcel of the TCAAP property The plan for the parcel is mixed use development with residential commercial office and retail It will be

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  • Twin Cities Metro Region: Trends in Manufactured Housing | All Parks Alliance for Change
    87 parks in the seven county metro region that ranged in size from 16 to 573 lots There were 15 087 total lots of which 13 824 were occupied and 1 983 were unoccupied 549 with sited homes Because of zoning restrictions manufactured homes are located exclusively in parks in the metro region These 87 parks are located in 51 cities and are a major source of housing in several of them including Lake Elmo 20 Blaine 15 Mounds View 11 and Arden Hills 9 Based on data from 1985 to present several important observations can be made about the metro region including the following Park Openings The last new park Cottage Grove Estates opened in 1996 The peak number of metro area parks was 92 between 1985 and 1990 Two out of 3 parks are in Anoka Ramsey or Dakota counties Park Closings There have been 11 closures since 1986 Hennepin has been on a steady decline from a peak of 15 parks in 1975 to 9 parks today Over the same period Anoka actually added 5 parks Park Expansions From 1985 and 2011 15 parks in the metro area expanded by 34 or 1 209 lots which is

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  • Shakopee and St. Anthony Parks Targeted for Redevelopment in Land Use Plans | All Parks Alliance for Change
    Targeted for Redevelopment in Land Use Plans Shakopee St Anthony MN Twin Cities communities are required by the Metropolitan Land Planning Act MLPA to submit comprehensive plans to the Metropolitan Council every 10 years and they must address affordable housing needs These plans are not required to consider manufactured housing and in fact most cities land use plans simply report its current use Two cities don t even report manufactured housing as a distinct category of housing While there are city plans that treat manufactured housing very favorably there are also cities that target manufactured housing for redevelopment specifically Shakopee and St Anthony Shakopee finds their two parks are not an appropriate or compatible land use and plan to evaluate the operation of two other parks in Jackson Township if it is annexed by the city The St Anthony plan regards their one park Lowry Grove as substandard housing and an underutilization of the land Significant space is devoted to possible redevelopment plans Park redevelopment moves the region in the wrong direction The annual Out of Reach report ranked Minnesota worst among 12 Midwest states third year running for affordable housing The Twin Cities needs 166 547 more affordable units

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  • Parks on the Chopping Block in Waite Park, Elbow Lake, and Winona | All Parks Alliance for Change
    development requires removing businesses and the city s only park Tri County Mobile Home Park In January the Waite Park City Council approved a 623 000 Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development grant application for the project The developer Silver Leaf Group is also asking Waite Park for 4 26 million in tax increment financing TIF allows a developer to capture for a set time the increased tax revenue generated by the climbing market value of a redeveloped property The park owner has attempted to convince residents to sign a waiver of their rights under the state s park closing law in order to speed up redevelopment However the law clearly prohibits any attempt to waive or circumscribe any privilege or right guaranteed by law MN Statute 327C 02 Subd 4 Red Top Winona MN A mobile home park on the west side of Winona is on its way to closing Red Top Estates a six acre property that shares a border with Goodview is the city s only park Currently it has five manufactured homes left in a community that once had dozens Residents were informed of the owner s intent to close the park in summer 2014 and have begun to make the transition This follows several years of growing problems and increasing vacancies According to the closure notice property owner Steve Kohner intends to close the park and cease use of it as a manufactured home park by June 1 A public hearing about the closure is scheduled for March 16 Edgetown Mobile Court Elbow Lake MN Prairie Lake Hospital in Elbow Lake contacted residents of Edgetown Mobile Court to announce the hospital was acquiring their park for a hospital expansion and to negotiate relocation with the residents Initially the hospital attempted an illegal end run

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  • Several Parks in Financial Turmoil | All Parks Alliance for Change
    led several park owners to simply abandon their communities and the residents living in them Cedar Lane MH Park Tracy MN The park owner failed to pay the water bill and the city threatened to shut off the water to the 17 homes in this mostly Hmong park community The residents were able to negotiate an arrangement where they paid their rent toward the city s water bill to avoid shutoff The park went into foreclosure and title has passed to a new Texas based owner Basswood Court Thief River Falls MN The park owner stopped maintaining the property making mortgage payments paying utilities or even collecting rent The park went into foreclosure and the property ended up with a new owner The new park owner demanded immediate payment of delinquent rents and issued 28 eviction notices in a park with 44 lots Hy View Redwood Falls MN The park owner failed to make utility payments and the city planned to shut off the water contact the Minnesota Department of Health to revoke the park owner s license and force the 34 families to leave their homes A judge signed off on an order requiring the owner to pay the

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  • APAC's 2014 Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit | All Parks Alliance for Change
    651 523 0173 Get Directions Email Us Home APAC s 2014 Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit Maplewood MN On Saturday November 1 residents from around the state converged on the Maplewood Public Library for APAC s 2014 Annual Meeting and Legislative Summit The statewide park resident conference was packed with enthusiastic discussions of residents rights neighborhood organizing the Rush Line Corridor transit planning process and the 2015 legislative session The Annual Meeting was an opportunity for residents to learn how to stand up for their legal rights and how to organize their neighbors a chance to connect with new and experienced resident leaders from other parks and a chance to have your say on APAC s 2015 legislative agenda Residents also shared in a potluck lunch and raffle drawing 2015 Legislative Agenda Residents voted for two major legislative campaign which will receive significant attention from APAC staff and residents Manufactured Home Relocation Trust Fund Increase compensation for moving homes to match actual costs Increase buy out of homes to at least match the maximum moving costs Clarify how the buy out is calculated Remove the cap on the size of the Relocation Trust Fund s balance Alternative Dispute Resolution Program Establish a state program through the Office of Administrative Hearings that provides options for both mediation and a legal hearing without the time and expense involved in going to court Residents also voted to endorse two issues being worked on primarily by another organization which requires a smaller commitment from APAC staff and residents Regulate Park Utilities Establish overall regulations for utilities that are provided or passed through by parks Create best practices for negotiating a voluntary switch to water sub metering including reduction in lot rent meter standards and consumer protections Manufactured Homes Defined as Real Property Create a

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  • APAC Sees Changes, Growth in Staff | All Parks Alliance for Change
    Email Us Home APAC Sees Changes Growth in Staff St Paul MN Working with and in fact being directly accountable to residents has always been a source of pride for APAC staff The work we do isn t a guess at what we think is important to manufactured home park residents Our board is entirely comprised of park residents They tell us what s important to them and we do it said Dave Anderson APAC s executive director since 2004 Dave has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years Previously he was executive director of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group MPIRG interim executive director of the Minnesota State University Student Association MSUSA associate state director of the Minnesota Senior Federation and national project director for the National Manufactured Home Owners Association NMHOA Dave has a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Leadership at the University of St Thomas In 2014 Thomas Siburg joined APAC as a community organizer tenant advocate Thomas graduates from the University of Minnesota in May with a Master of Social Work and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning He earned a bachelor s degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma WA Jacki DeVore has been a resident member board member and volunteer since 2011 She assumed the Office Support Tenant Advocate role in 2013 Jacki is currently the Midwest Area Vice President for the National Manufactured Home Owners Association NMHOA and an officer of the Arden Manor Resident Association In early 2015 Jonathan Cowgill also joined APAC as a community organizer tenant advocate He is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning candidate at the University of MN APAC residents and staff would like

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