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Beaverton developer to close 3 mobile home parks

The move would make way for a commercial project on 21 acres along Southwest Jenkins Road

Three Beaverton mobile home parks with 222 spaces will close in a year to make room for a proposed commercial/residential development.

Residents of the Beaverton Mobilodge park (128 spaces), Nut Tree Estates (68 spaces) and Young's Mobile Estates (26 spaces) were told Monday that they have until Aug. 4, 2007, to move out.

The three mobile home parks are on about 21 acres along Southwest Jenkins Road near Murray Boulevard.

According to Washington County tax records, the property, which is outside Beaverton's city limits, is valued at about $9 million.

Sawara Property Group of West Linn, the project's developer, sent notices to the parks' residents Monday. Developer Edwin Kawasaki said his company was working with Washington County planners to change the land-use zoning on the properties to allow commercial/retail developments. The sites are zoned for residential use.

Pat Schwoch, executive director of the Manufactured Home Owners of Oregon, a mobile home park tenants association, was supportive of the parks' owners plans to help tenants, but said many of the residents were elderly and would have few alternatives for new housing.

'It's terrible,' Schwoch said. 'There's no question but that it's awful.'

Kawasaki said he and consultant WRG Design Inc. of Beaverton have worked on a tenant relocation program to move many of the people to new mobile home parks or provide money so they can find other accommodations.

'Throughout our discussions and preparations for this project, one of the central goals has been to create a tenant relocation program consisting of both financial and relocation assistance for the displaced tenants such that the inconvenience of their relocations can be minimized as much as possible,' he said. 'We are very sensitive to the disruption created by the park closures and how difficult the transition can be for the people and families involved.'

The company's program offers a $5,250 payment to any of the residents who agree to move before mid-February. The company also will absorb the cost of abandoned mobile homes, Kawasaki said.

A tenant relocation fair is scheduled Aug. 14 at Meadow Park Middle School, 14100 S.W. Downing St., to help residents find new places for the homes.

Because many of the residents are Hispanic, Sawara Property Group will provide Spanish translation of all its information and events.

The company also will have representatives at the three parks during August to answer questions and provide information.