Over the past decade, the City has undertaken a number of efforts related to addressing the needs of manufactured dwelling park residents in Springfield. In 2019, the City Council identified the need for a new manufactured dwelling park in Springfield, given the potential for displacement of existing manufactured dwelling park residents by redevelopment in other areas of the City, such as the Glenwood Riverfront area.
With City Council support, the City partnered with Representative John Lively and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County (SVdP) to advocate in the Oregon Legislature for a significant grant for development of a new manufactured dwelling park in Springfield. Subsequently, the state legislature adopted House Bill 2869 allocating $3,000,000 in state general funds for this purpose. COVID-19 impacts to state funding resulted in a two-year delay in Springfield receiving access to these funds, which were finally transferred to the City of Springfield in October 2022.
In February 2022, the City Council held a work session to discuss housing and homelessness projects under several state and federal grants to the City. This discussion included the $3,000,000 grant under HB 2869 for the City and SVdP to develop a new manufactured dwelling park in Springfield. The Council packet identified the Linda Lane property as a potential site for the future manufactured dwelling park and informed the Council that City staff were conducting background due diligence on that possibility. To date, staff are still investigating the suitability of the Linda Lane property for this project and no specific project proposal has been presented to, or approved by, the City Council.
SVdP is also still in the exploratory phase of a potential project. While there are still many details to work out, SVdP is interested in developing a manufactured dwelling park with mix of homeownership units for low- and moderate- income residents and rental units for low-income residents. Ideally, the development would include a minimum of 40 units for management efficiency, as a mix of single- and double-wide units.