MOSES LAKE — Demand for housing in Grant County is beginning to have a visible impact, including in a former agricultural field on Burr Road. The first phase of The Lakes manufactured-home park has been completed for a few years, and work has begun on a second phase.
Owner Pat Carroll said he started developing the park, which is for people 55 and older, during the downturn in the housing market. “I built it when the market crashed, ” Carroll said. But demand has rebounded and it is now feasible to finish developing the final 20 acres, he said.
Demand for manufactured homes is increasing as baby boomers retire, Carroll said. A manufactured home is more affordable at a time of high demand for housing and home sites, he added.
Tenants buy the house and rent the property. Because local firms sell manufactured homes, Carroll said he doesn’t sell the houses.
There’s interest in the expansion: Carroll was showing prospective buyers a home site, still unfinished recently. “I can’t hardly keep up with the move-ins,” he said. The expansion will add 67 home sites.
Friday morning a road was being constructed and a grader and water truck were working on the subsurface layer. The curbs are in, along with some sidewalks. Utilities will be underground, Carroll said. The existing park includes ponds and green spaces, and the new section will have them also. He estimated site preparation would be completed by early July.