Chilliwack senior mobile home residents anxious about their housing with new owner
About 70 low-income seniors living in a mobile home park in Chilliwack fear they’re facing a precarious housing future after the property was sold to a new owner earlier this year.
One resident of Fraser Village Mobile Home Park said she’s worried that some residents may end up homeless because they won’t be able to find affordable homes once the property at 45111 Wolfe Rd. is developed.
The new owner is Westbow Group of Companies . A company official said Westbow has no plans to redevelop the property.
“There has been absolutely zero talk about raising any prices for any pad rentals for that property,” Jason Metcalfe, Westbow’s development manager, said in a phone interview.
Boehner’s 1,000 sq ft, two-bedroom mobile home has an assessed value of $63,000.
She said she knows that there’s no immediate threat she’ll be forced to move.
“But it is immediate in another sense that it will happen because the property has been sold to a development company that has five projects in Chilliwack,” she said in a phone interview.
She said she believes that within two years, the new owners will want to redevelop the property with its 57 mobile home pads.
She based the two-year window for residents on one year for rezoning to be approved by Chilliwack council and then a one-year notice to residents required under the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act when an owner plans to change to a residential use other than a manufactured home park.