Developer tries again to revitalize mobile home park

Updated: Apr. 23, 2019 at 6:49 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A developer is trying his luck again at redeveloping a mobile home park.

Howard Penton of Penton Development wants to rezone the property on Hooker Road in Wilmington and transform the property into a single-family home development, according to city documents. The Wilmington Planning Commission denied his request in January to rezone the property for a town home development.

Neighbors fought that project, and said Tuesday they think any new development would bring added traffic. City leaders denied the last request because they said the project didn’t fit the surrounding neighborhoods, made up mostly of single-family homes. The developer said in January he though the townhome project would revitalize the mobile home park.

One neighbor said she isn’t completely on board with the new project, but feels better about this one than the last one.

“I don’t mind if things are built on it [the property]. I just don’t think we need a large volume of people there," neighbor Nancy Farrell said.

Those who live in the mobile home park said if they’re forced out, they’ll have nowhere else to go. They said if the area is redeveloped, they want affordable housing to be built in its place.

Eric Throneburg said he has lung damage and cancer and insists he is too sick to move and can’t afford to live anywhere else.

“I accept everything as process, but it would be hard to swallow [if it’s redeveloped]. I would be left with nothing and have to find a place to live, which there is nothing out there,” he said.

WECT reached out to the developer Tuesday to ask about the new project, but received no response.

The planning commission meets May 1 to talk about the rezoning request.

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