Off Delmar Drive on the city’s southeast side are acres and acres of open space.
Within a year, though, that space will become the beginning of a new community.
“In time, there will be homes right here, and others lined up over here,” John Clegg, of Clegg Services, which sells and transports new and used manufactured homes, described as he walked through the site.
Clegg plans to turn a 36-acre site into a manufactured home community called Mornington. The site, which is off Delmar Drive and East Juan Linn Street, has space for 137 manufactured home units, he said.
The project started about 20 years ago, Clegg said, in the early 2000s. The Mornington Community was put on pause for several years.
“There was no demand back then,” he said.
Options for housing in Victoria have been a topic of discussion, especially after Hurricane Harvey, when a survey revealed the hurricane damaged a third of Victoria apartments.
The purchase of manufactured homes have been steady in Victoria, said Julie Fulgham, the city’s top planner. So far this year, the city has issued 24 permits for manufactured home placements. Most of the manufactured homes are on the south side of town.
The lots on the site will be 60-by-120 feet, which Clegg said is bigger than a typical manufactured site lot. There will be both single- and double-wide homes, and all new, he said. Each lot will have underground utilities.
Mornington will have homes and sites to rent. There will be several sites where a renter can bring in their own manufactured home, Clegg said.
Site rental will be about $395 a month, he said, and most homes will be owner-occupied. For homes that will be available for rent, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home would cost about $1,100 a month.
“It’s on the affordable side of housing,” Clegg said.
Yvonne Rossman-Ramos, with KIDZ Connection, which helps students who are in transitional living situations, said more affordable housing options are needed in Victoria. Rossman-Ramos said students will move around within the district because their family is unable to have a stable home because of financial reasons.
“If there’s any type of affordable housing option for our communities, I support it. It’s needed here in Victoria,” she said.
Clegg said work at the site to start preparing for the homes will begin within a couple of weeks. He said he hopes to have one section ready for occupation by the end of the summer and have about a dozen homes to be ready to be moved into.
Although the site has space for 137 manufactured homes, he said he hopes to build up the community to its full capacity within the next few years.
“We got a head start here when we started years ago, but we have work to do,” Clegg said.