A Kenai mobile home park could be reincarnated as a low-income, modular housing subdivision with its currently pending sale to an Alaska Native corporation.
The Tyonek Native Corporation has made an offer on the Anchor Trailer Court and has plans to install modular housing units, like those used in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, in lieu of mobile homes.
Kenai City Manager Rick Koch said Tyonek contacted the city a few weeks ago to see if those type of units meet Kenai's zoning code for that area along the Kenai Spur Highway, near downtown. They do, he said, but the units do not meet the Alaska Building Code requirements for snow load.
Koch said the corporation told him it has the opportunity to receive or purchase the small, modular houses.
According to city planner Marilyn Kebschull, the area is zoned general commercial.
"It is permitted, what they're proposing to do, as long as they meet the snow load requirements," she said.
In order to place modular housing in the current Anchor Trailer Court, the Native corporation would have to construct some sort of secondary roofing, like those used to cover open-air picnic structures, Koch said.
Katherine Hicks, of Anchorage, is the current co-owner of the Anchor Trailer Court. She said she and her business partner have accepted Tyonek Native Corporation's offer.
"I wasn't that anxious to sell it," she said.
Mike Poston, a Tyonek Native Corporation business analyst, would not comment on the pending sale or the corporation's intentions with the trailer park.
At least one Kenai resident is not happy with what she's heard about the future plans for trailer court.
Sue Carter, who lives on Toyon Way, said she was concerned with what was being proposed.
"Having an eyesore like that so close to my home is not going to help my property values at all," she said.
She said there is low-income housing available in Kenai already and so she does not understand the need for more, especially the small 30-foot modular structures.
"That's disgusting," Carter said. "At least there are mobile homes there that are larger than 30 feet."
She said she was hoping the Anchor Trailer Court land could have been used for recreational purposes as a campground or for extra parking during the July personal-use dipnet fishery.
"I'd like the city to change the zoning to get rid of mobile homes," she said.
Kebschull said that the sale of the Anchor Trailer Court might actually be a benefit to the city
It might "remove older homes and clean up the park," she said.
Koch said he does not see a significant difference in the current land use and proposed land use of the Anchor Trailer Court.
"Whether it's a positive or a negative, as long as it meets all the requirements we don't have a lot to say about that," he said.
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