Moses Lake manufactured home park expands

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Cheryl Schweizer/Columbia Basin Herald Construction crews work on the road in The Lakes manufactured home park. Increased demand for housing led the park’s owner to expand.

MOSES LAKE — Demand for housing in Grant County is beginning to have a visible impact, including in a former agricultural field on Burr Road. The first phase of The Lakes manufactured home park has been completed for a few years, and work is beginning on the second phase.

Owner Pat Carroll said he started developing the park, which is for people 55 years of age and older, during the downturn in the housing market. “I built it when the market crashed.” But demand has rebounded to the point where it became feasible to finish developing the final 20 acres.

Demand for manufactured homes is increasing as Baby Boomers retire, Carroll said. A manufactured home can be more affordable at a time of high demand for housing and home sites, he added.

Tenants buy the house and rent the property. Since there are local firms that sell manufactured homes, Carrol said, he doesn’t sell the houses.

There’s interest in the expansion – Carroll was showing prospective buyers a home site, still unfinished, Friday morning. “I can’t hardly keep up with the move-ins,” he said. The expansion will add 67 home sites.

Friday morning the road was going in and a grader and water truck were working on the subsurface layer. The curbs are already in, along with some of the sidewalks. Utilities are and will be buried underground, Carroll said. The existing park includes ponds and green spaces, and the new section will have them also. He estimated site preparation would be completed by early July.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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