Posted on May 22, 2008

Raleigh's Planning Commission has elected to wait on the rezoning application for Homestead Village Mobile Home Park.  As noted earlier, no study of the impacts of traffic has been completed.

The new rezoning would accommodate a proposal to build 1,355 new residences on the 38.58 acre tract in North Raleigh, near 540 and Capitol Boulevard.

The Commission indicated that the study should be completed in no more than 90 days.

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Posted on May 20, 2008

What happens when 1355 new homes replace a mid-sized MH Park? The City of Raleigh, and its public schools, may find out soon.

In the analysis of impacts, provided by the City of Oaks' own planners, it emerges that rezoning the existing manufactured housing park will portend dramatic increases in the demand for schools:

The planning documents indicate that this rezoning would put an additional 599 new students in the area's schools.  Those students would most likely enter primary, middle, and secondary schools that are all either currently overcrowded or that would become so.

Fox Road Elementary would get the largest share of additional students.  Currently holding about 800 students, the planners project that Fox Road grows to 1168 students.  That is 120 percent of maximum capacity.

Wake Forest Middle only grows by about 90 students, but since it is already enrolled beyond its capacity, the new zoning hardly makes sense.

Last, Wakefield High also gets another 100 students.  It has the same profile as Wake Forest Middle -- already overcrowded.  Wakefield High draws students from Wakefield Plantation, the subdivision whose

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Posted on May 19, 2008

This week, the City of Raleigh, North Carolina may approve a rezoning that would evict more than 160 families from Homestead Village Mobile Home Park.

The rezoning would clear the way for the redevelopment of the 38.58 acre site into a mixed use retail and residential site along Capital Boulevard, immediately north of 540.  Homestead Village is currently zoned for Manufactured housing and residential-4.  It can have as many as 230 homes, although it only has about 180 lots on the site.

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Posted on May 16, 2008

Fannie Mae has decided to drop the declining markets policy. This is great news for prospective home buyers, or for people who might sell in the future.

The policy would have put the onus for shoring up Fannie's balance sheet on neighborhoods in markets where home values are dropping. In such places, buyers would have been required to bring a higher down payment in order to get a mortgage that conformed to Fannie's preferences. While such a rule would not

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Posted on May 15, 2008

ABC will host the final edition of Extreme Makeover-Home Edition that features a home built by Deltec. Deltec is a North Carolina-based builder of panelized homes. Deltec makes some really nice homes. The one on this show is not just luxurious, but it also conforms to some green-building standards.

So, its an unusual chance for factory built housing to appear in mainstream media in a positive light.

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Posted on May 13, 2008

Gregory Squires and Charis Kubrin offer a fascinating essay in Shelterforce this month where she examines some of the new ways that communities are growing in and in response to the pull of poverty.  Their findings show the path dependent nature of economic segregation and the linkages to race.

Their essay is worth reading.  Here are a few startling facts to consider:

  • In 1990, the typical black household earning above $60,000 lived in a neighborhood where the median income was $31,585.  A white household with the same income characteristic lived in a much more
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Posted on May 12, 2008

The Institute for Building Technology and Safety has March shipment data out.

Manufacturers supplied North Carolina with 391 manufactured homes during the month.  Almost two-thirds (256) were double-wides.  North Carolina was a net importer of manufactured housing.  Only 365 units were produced

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