Quitman residents voiced their concerns and opposition on the new mobile home park that was proposed in a town hall meeting Thursday night with the mayor, board of aldermen and SCM Property, LLC, of Denim Springs, LA.
SCM Properties has 10 mobile home parks located in Alabama and Louisiana and are proposing to construct another on Long Blvd. in Quitman in the former Robinson Court area. Steven McDaniel, owner of SCM, stated the development would include:
• clean up and development of the whole area
• 51 new 2021 16x60, 3/2 Legacy mobile homes, 30 feet apart
• 5x10 storage shed for each home
• 20x20 asphalt parking pad, enough for two vehicles
• underground utilities
• would accept Section 8 Housing
• rent of $750-$850 per month with option to buy
• rent to include water, sewer, garbage and lawn care
• park manager on site
• visitor parking and playground area for children
• strict rules and guidelines put in place; background checks would be performed
“I’ve been in the mobile home park business for 13 years,” said McDaniel. “We come in and take a dilapidated park and put our infrastructure in and it brings the price value up of the community. I’m asking the citizens of Quitman to let me do this and clean the area up. It’s already being used for a dumping group. We do not allow this. We have strict rules and guidelines in our parks: no loud music, no trash in or around homes. I’m not a slum lord. If someone wants to destroy it, they’ve got to go.”
Some residents at the meeting voiced their concerns about the project.
“I live there (in the neighborhood), been there all my life, stated Ronnie Wright. “I remember the old mobile home park there. It turned into a slum. You don’t live here, how do you know it won’t turn into one?”
McDaniel assured the crowd his parks are different because he strictly enforces rules. He stated his oldest park was 13 years old and it still is a clean, safe place to live.
Others assured McDaniel that his rent would be too high for this area.
“I’ve never seen a mobile home park anywhere that is going to bring up the value of a community,” said Steve Neely. “It’s nice when its new, but it’s a depreciating value. If you want to do something to bring up the value, build houses. The only way you will get $750-$850 is Section 8 housing. That’s high. I’ve got rental properties, brick houses, and I do not get that.
City of Quitman Water Operator Jonathan Tanner, voiced his concerns with the water and sewer side of the development and the problems he thought it would cause the city. Tanner told the residents that McDaniel would install all the infrastructure, the water lines, sewer line, lift station, etc., and once it was complete, hand everything over to the city to maintain.
“I highly recommend that the City of Quitman not do this because they will have to put in a lift station,” stated Tanner. “The city already has nine and we are doing everything we can to keep those nine running without charging my customers more. For what you are wanting to do, I hope you have a big wallet because putting that lift station in is not cheap. Running that force main all way across town is not cheap. As far as the city, I don’t see us being responsible for this.”
McDaniel states that he is not the same as others who have allowed the trailer park to remain in the state it is, and if everyone would give him a chance, check out his other properties, and see what his company is all about, that the residents opposed to the park may rethink their decisions. “I only want to help the community.”
The board will vote May 18 to go further with the project or not. The mayor requests any opinion letters be sent to City Hall, P.O. Box 16, Quitman, MS 39355, or emailed to: email@example.com