Santa Monica Lookout
|City Could Sell Santa Monica Trailer Park||
By Jonathan Friedman
April 14, 2016 -- Nearly 16 years
after the Santa Monica government purchased the Mountain View Mobile Home
Park to settle a legal dispute, the City is looking for a new buyer of
the 4.8-acre property with 105 rent-controlled lots.
The City’s Housing and Economic Development Department recommended this decision.
“Staff believes owning and operating residential properties is best suited to private housing organizations who can focus on operating affordable housing and which are experienced and equipped to respond to the daily needs of tenants and property management issues.” City housing official Jim Kemper told the council.
He added, “We have heard from various entities who are interested in purchasing the park, and I guess until the RFP goes out we will not know for sure.”
The City purchased the park on Stewart Street near the I-10 Freeway in
late 2000 (See “Deal
to Buy Trailer Park Expected to End 10-year Saga,” November
14, 2000) from Ring Trading Corporation for approximately $7 million.
“It [would put] existing tenants in a position to have a say in the future of their mobile home park allowing the City staff to focus more directly on its core mission of increasing affordable housing opportunities, while preserving the park as affordable housing,” the PNA Board of Directors wrote in a letter to the council.
Also at the meeting, the council voted for a “one-time, temporary lot-line encroachment exemption” for eight owners (of the home, not the lot) with homes encroaching on adjacent vacant lots.
These lots' lines were not established until 2006, long after the homes had been placed and nearly 70 years after the park was built.
Staff says the encroachment exemptions should expire for each household after “major alterations [are done] to the home or when the existing tenants terminate residency at the park.”
This feature troubled some of the public speakers.
Councilmember Kevin McKeown said the only action that should end the encroachment exemption is the current resident moving.
“We [should] allow them to do major renovations to the home as long as it’s on the same footprint it’s on now,” McKeown said.
Other council members agreed and voted for this to be included in the direction to City staff.
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