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Single-family development could replace Wilmington mobile home park off Hooker Road

At a location off Hooker Road, developers hope to rezone a mobile home community to make room for new single-family homes. (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington City Council could make a decision on a previously twice-denied proposal to develop a mobile home park off Hooker Road.

A Penton Development affiliate is back for a third time after scaling back denser plans that drew the ire from neighbors and disapproval from city staff.

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This time, the owners of Timberlynn Village mobile home park are seeking to rezone the 10.7-acre property and obtain a Special Use Permit for a planned unit development for a 56-lot single-family neighborhood.

Before, the owners unsuccessfully sought a 106-unit townhome development in early 2019 and a single-family “cluster” housing development with 86 units later that year.

The density the owners are currently seeking more closely mirrors the site’s existing use, with 50 mobile homes on 69 lots, currently grandfathered in as a legal nonconforming use.

Currently zoned R-15, owners are seeking R-7 zoning, increasing maximum density on the property from 31 houses to 56 houses.

As of February, Timberlynn Village was home to 20 residents, according to the owners’ application. The mobile home park was acquired by a Penton Development affiliate in 2010 and has operated since 1968.

The owners’ most recent attempt to redevelop the property earned the approval of the Planning Commission in May.

City Council will review the proposal Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilmington Convention Center.


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