By Sheri Duff
Businessman Tony Pomerleau arranged a meeting between Shelburnewood Mobile Park residents and representatives of Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), an organization that provides education, training, and assistance to cooperatively-structured enterprises, on Monday evening in Shelburne. Over a dozen homeowners filed into the Trinity Episcopal Church to scrutinize the new proposed site plan and listen to CDI representative Jeremiah Ward discuss the options available to convert the mobile home park into a resident-owned community.
According to Pomerleau the gathering was an important opportunity for Shelburnewood residents to ask questions about the new site plan, “since nothing was in stone yet.” After a review of the proposed plans by Dave Marshall of Civil Engineering Associates, including a move for the entire mobile home park, the meeting returned to questions about ownership.
“Our company has assisted with the successful conversion of three manufactured home communities in Vermont,” Ward shared. “This [Shelburnewood] is a unique situation and we are willing to find a solution. A solution that will keep your future rent as close to your current rent as is possible.”
Although residents had numerous questions regarding financing, ownership, rent, and management of the mobile home park there were few immediate answers. Fortunately Ward had a response at the ready. “As for next steps, CDI will begin some of the research now,” he said. “And over the next couple of months we will meet with Shelburnewood residents individually.”