Manufactured Homes vs. Luxury Apartments

YAKIMA, Wash - A Yakima neighborhood has fought to keep luxury apartments out, but now another developer is knocking on the door. 

The land neighbors are concerned about is in the process of being sold to a manufactured home developer.  Neighbors of the vacant lot on South 24th and Mead Avenue say they will accept manufactured homes rather than a three-story luxury apartment complex for seniors.

Seattle developer Mike Kim was trying to get the property zoning changed to build the luxury apartments last summer.  Saying he wanted to address a need for senior housing in Yakima.

"It would stand out, it would look like if you just went down and put a McDonalds in the middle of a cemetery somewhere it would just be totally out of place," says Larry Gilkey, who lives right next to the lot.  He has been there since 1944, his whole life. 

After a public hearing it was decided not to change the zoning of the property to allow the three story complex to be built.  Residents feared there would be too much traffic and make the area a lot busier.  They made a petition that had over 100 signatures of people against the project.  Now Kim is in the process of selling the land to a manufactured home developer.  He is subdividing it to try and fit eight manufactured homes.  Gilkey says he will accept the new homes. 

"I think the ones today are built very well and once they are put in they're permanent," Gilkey explains.

No word yet on when the manufactured homes will be built.

"I think the ones today are built very well and once they are put in they're permanent," Gilkey explains.

The land is still in the process of being sold.  No word yet on when the manufactured homes will be built. 

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