Glenwood mobile home park may be subdivided
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — In what they’re casting as a means of creating more entry-level home ownership in Garfield County, developers are proposing to divide a mobile-home park near Glenwood Springs into 96 lots and selling them to residents.
RB Development Group Inc., a Colorado company formed by Ricky Broadhurst, has contracted to buy the H Lazy F property off Colorado Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. It has submitted a proposal to the county seeking approval to create a manufactured-home subdivision at the park, which is owned by H Lazy F LLC and has operated since 1981.
Larry Green, an attorney for the project, said the two companies are related, and Broadhurst is working with a partner.
In an application to the county, RB Development says its proposal addresses the problem of mobile-home owners being unable to gain appreciation in the value of homes that are on rental lots.
“This problem is particularly acute in areas like Garfield County where there are very few mobile-home parks, and the ability to relocate a mobile home is severely limited,” the developers said.
They said their proposal would create “sorely needed” entry-level ownership housing in the county.
County building and planning director Fred Jarman agrees about that need. But rental housing is important, too, he said, and he worries whether all the residents of the park will be able to afford a mortgage versus a rental payment on their lots.
Green said the ownership group is considering ways to address that concern. He said a preliminary survey of residents showed “very high” interest in being able to buy their lots.
The county has seen a loss of mobile-home parks in recent years as valuable land is redeveloped, raising concern among affordable-housing advocates.
Ron Leach, chief of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District, is recommending the park tie in to the Roaring Fork Water and Sanitation District to improve what he considers to be an inadequate level of fire protection.
Green said that would become a possibility if the proposed Cattle Creek Colorado housing development occurs because that would extend the water district service to the H Lazy F property line.
The developers have proposed that if the park can’t connect to the water district, 100,000 gallons worth of water storage would be created for fire protection.