The developers of a proposed east Blaine manufactured home park have scheduled a meeting to inform the public on the project for 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 27 at the Blaine Boating Center, 235 Marine Drive.
Developers Skip and Katie Jansen and Cascade Engineering Group will hold a community meeting on plans to construct 150 manufactured homes in East Harbor Hills, an upcoming neighborhood in east Blaine. East Harbor Hills is directly east of the Jansens’ other development, The Ridge at Harbor Hills, on the north side of H Street Road.
The presentation, required for developers per Blaine Municipal Code, will inform residents living around the manufactured home park about the project and allow them to provide input.
The 49-acre manufactured home park is planned to take up one-third of the total 144-acre East Harbor Hills property. Skip Jansen said the manufactured home park would be constructed first, and the remaining area of the subdivision would likely include multifamily and single-family homes.
Residents would own their homes and attached garages, Skip Jansen said, but the manufactured home park would own and lease the land underneath the homes.
The manufactured home park will cater to older adults who want to downsize, but the developers haven’t determined whether they want the area to be age-restricted. The development is proposed to have a clubhouse that could have an exercise room, kitchen, fireplace, common area and meeting rooms, with potentially pickleball courts, horseshoes and shuffleboards outside.
“It’s designed for leisurely living,” Skip Jansen said. “It will be very well done.”
The property is planned to have a buffer along H Street Road and the manufactured homes won’t be visible from the road. The development would have open spaces, trail access, maintained landscaping and possibly water features.
After the community meeting, the Jansens will review their project plans and submit a preliminary plat application and planned unit development to the city of Blaine, where the city’s hearing examiner will hold a public hearing, then provide a recommendation on final approval to Blaine City Council. As part of the application, the Jansens are required to submit a detailed site plan, architectural renderings and landscaping plan as well as traffic, stormwater and critical area studies for the city to review.
If approved, constriction is anticipated to begin in fall 2024.
The proposed East Harbor Hills manufactured home park has been at the center of contention in city politics for about 1.5 years as east Blaine residents fought an amendment to the city’s planned unit development code allowing large manufactured home parks in east Blaine. City council approved the text amendment 4-0 during its October 23, 2023 meeting. People may also submit comments in writing to Cascade Engineering Group, 119 Grand Ave., Suite D, Bellingham, WA, 98225.
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