Big San Jose mobile home park gets a fresh start and avoids redevelopment
SAN JOSE — A massive mobile home park in San Jose has a new name to go along with a new property operator and manager in a deal that appears to stave off redevelopment of the residential complex.
Silicon Valley Village Mobile Home Park is the new name for the residential community that was previously known as Westwinds Mobile Home Park, effective Thursday.
“We hope this will help us to live here for the rest of our lives,” Phu Nguyen, 77, said in an interview with this news outlet. “We love living here.” Nguyen resides with his wife in Silicon Valley Village Mobile Home Park.
The land below the mobile home park is owned by the Nicholson Family Partnership, which has owned the land now occupied by the residential complex for 150 years.
An entity called MPLL LP entered into an agreement to lease the land from the Nicholson family and take over the operation of the park. MPLL LP took over park operations from the former ground lease holder and park operator, MHC Operating Limited Partnership.
The principal officer of MPLL LP is Kenneth Miller, an Aptos-based real estate investor, according to business records filed with state officials. Miller is also the general manager of Zoz Robotics.
MPLL hired Evans Management Services to support the day-to-day operations of the mobile home park.
“Building relationships with our tenants, providing excellent service and being closely involved in the day-to-day operations of the property is important to us,” said Greg Evans, president of Evans Management Services.
The mobile home park has approximately 1,600 residents. The Nicholson family say the changes in operator and management mean residents don’t have to worry about being forced out of their homes by a high-profile eviction.
“We look forward to working for the residents of Silicon Valley Village,” said Evans.
The Nicholson family has no interest in selling the land, according to Craig Nicholson, one of the group’s top executives.
Mobile home parks are seen as prime targets for redevelopment in Silicon Valley.
Yet the development of these types of properties also diminishes the pool of relatively affordable housing in the area.
Nguyen and his wife have lived in the mobile home park for 18 years, he said. He added that he hopes the new operations and management team stick to their word to keep the complex as a mobile home park.
“We really fixed our house and made it a good place to live,” Nguyen said on Thursday. “I wish I could continue to live here.”