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Midfield Mobile Home Park (MMHP)

  
The Midfield Mobile Home Park (MMHP) located at 954-16 Ave N.E. is owned by The City of Calgary. Mobile homes are owned by private citizens (tenants) who rent a mobile home pad from The City. Calgary Housing Company has maintained and operated Midfield over the years.  

Current Status

Due to aging and failing sanitary and water lines, The City closed Midfield Mobile Home Park on Monday, February 19, 2018. Midfield tenants have been provided with over three years advance notice of City Council’s decision to close the Park and have access to a multitude of resources and supports to help them relocate to new accommodations.

History

 
Year
​1968-1969 Midfield was developed by Richfield Development Corporation on land leased from The City. 
​1973 Richfield Development Corporation turned the operation and management of Midfield over to The City.  The City’s former Land Department (later called Corporate Properties & Buildings) was originally in charge of Midfield. 
​2001 Calgary Housing Company assumed operations and management of Midfield on behalf of The City.
   
Over the last 12 years, Administration has engaged and informed Midfield tenants of the status of the water and sewer pipelines and direction from Council.   Several open houses and information sessions were held with tenants to provide detailed information and also to obtain feedback on the possible options being evaluated by Administration and Council. 
 
​Year
2005​ Information session for Midfield tenants was held by the Ward Alderman Joe Cerci and Administration (Corporate Properties & Buildings) to present information about the condition of the water and sewer pipelines, three general approaches to address the water and sewer pipeline problems, and to respond to tenants’ questions.
2006 After further analysis, Administration and Alderman Joe Ceci presented six options to address the water and sewer pipelines challenge to Midfield tenants
2007 Council directed Administration to inform tenants of the closure of Midfield in approximately five years, to continue the repair of pipelines on an as required basis and to develop a relocation strategy for Midfield tenants.
2008 Council directed Administration to acquire a site for a new mobile home park, conduct a detailed feasibility analysis, and initiate the redevelopment of Midfield following the closure and relocation of tenants.
2010 A new City Council was elected and in 2011 the new Council directed Administration to re-evaluate the Go Forward Strategy to ensure all possible factors were considered and examined.
2014 Council approved plans to close Midfield and not pursue construction of a new mobile home park at East Hills Estates.
​2017 ​The Court of the Queen’s Bench recognized the validity of The City’s September 2016 termination notice in relation to the closure of the Midfield Mobile Home Park and dismissed the application for a declaration that The City breached the tenants’ Charter rights. Given this outcome, Midfield tenants will be permitted to remain on their mobile home sites until noon February 19, 2018 as determined by the Court.
 

Summary of City Support and Resources

Recognizing the decision to close Midfield would be highly disruptive and difficult for tenants, The City opted to provide them access to a multitude of resources and supports that met their specific needs.

  • Through the Midfield Closure Program, The City is assisting Midfield tenants with costs associated in relocating. This included a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and up to $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home.
  • Whether in meetings or through one-on-one conversations, City staff, along with an external agency, have been making themselves available on a daily basis to help tenants with their specific needs, to answer their questions, and to connect them to appropriate resources. In the Midfield office, tenants have access to information on housing options and to a computer to help with housing searches.
  • Calgary Housing Company (CHC) is holding a number of homes in order to ensure that Midfield tenants have immediate access to support if needed.
  • CHC has provided extensive support to Midfield tenants in finding potential alternative housing arrangements, including a concerted effort on CHC’s part to tour Midfield tenants through CHC properties. Various CHC staff have been onsite throughout this process including CHC Leasing Agents who continue to meet with Midfield tenants to provide information about CHC housing options and to help them complete CHC applications and forms.
  • Perhaps more importantly, CHC has concerned itself with those tenants with low-moderate incomes in Midfield, as well as anyone else who requests help from CHC. In addition to making the availability of a new housing development in Bridgeland known to qualifying tenants on rent reduction, CHC staff have reached out to those same people to ensure they are aware of available housing options and connect them to appropriate resources.
  • As result of these their efforts, CHC has been able to place 19 Midfield tenants in CHC accommodations thus far. CHC staff will remain available with information and assistance concerning housing options through the completion of the closure process.
  • For well over three years now, the services of Homewood Health have also been made available to Midfield tenants. In addition to providing counselling and social support services, Homewood Health provides information on other rental or housing opportunities, connects Midfield tenants to social and housing agencies and resources, and provides assistance in completing what can be cumbersome applications and form.
  • Over the years, Homewood Health has made concerted efforts to reach out to Midfield tenants. They have held housing information sessions where various housing providers were made available on-site to meet with tenants and review the numerous housing options available. In 2014 and 2015, Homewood Health called all Midfield tenants who were seniors, on AISH or rent reduction program to offer their support and counselling services. Finally, Homewood Health will reach out to remaining Midfield tenants once more, via door knocking, to offer their services before the September 30th closure date.
  • As vacant lots become more commonplace with fewer ‘eyes on the street’, security and safety becomes a concern. Given this, The City introduced on-site security at Midfield which is now 24/7, and have installed fencing around Midfield this summer as an added security feature.
  • Calgary Neighbourhoods offered additional social work supports to Homewood Health, who is contracted to provide counselling and support to tenants, should capacity to meet the need of residents become an issue.
  • The City has frozen rent increases since 2008 to enable Midfield tenants with an opportunity to save money to pay for costs associated with their moves and finding alternative accommodations.
  • The City has made an Advisor available to counsel Midfield tenants on financial and debt management matters on an as-requested basis.
  • The City is making assistance available to those Midfield tenants who need help packing their belongings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Midfield Park closing?

Midfield is closing because it is challenged by aging and failing infrastructure. Unlike typical residential neighbourhoods, the water and sewer lines are located underneath the tightly spaced mobile homes, making access, repair and/or replacement of those lines impractical. It would also be prohibitively expensive given that accessing that infrastructure would require that the mobile homes, garages and other structures be removed.

Did Council consider other alternatives to closing the park?

The status of Midfield Park has been debated for many years by City Councils who have taken great care and consideration in evaluating the situation. As far back as 2005, The City has engaged Midfield tenants towards considering several options in addressing the Park’s many challenges. Considerable time was taken to closely review and evaluate all feasible options before Council was in a position to make a final decision.

Why did The City decide not to pursue development of the new park East of The City?

City Council reviewed the feasibility of the East Hills project and determined that there were several outstanding planning issues relating to:

  • the preparation and approval of the area structure plan;
  • the extension of utility services to the East Hills Estate lands;
  • provision of a fire station in the vicinity of East Hills Estate lands; and
  • provision of storm water management for the entire area.

Additionally, East Hills Estates could not be completed in the time frame originally proposed. Lastly, but most important, the costs to complete the East Hills Estates had increased significantly from the original estimate and budget. As result, City Council determined that the project was not feasible.

In making the decision to close Midfield Park, was consideration given to the welfare of its tenants?

Council did take into account the challenges faced by the tenants but it also has a responsibility to balance that with the interests of all Calgarians. Accordingly, Council opted to inform tenants three years in advance of Midfield’s closure, to provide assistance through the Midfield Closure Program, and to provide social services and housing supports through Homewood Health and Calgary Housing Company. Private operators will not generally provide this level of support when closing a mobile home park.

Are Midfield tenants being assisted financially to help them move?

Tenants were offered the Midfield Closure Program which includes a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and a maximum of $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home.

Why isn’t The City offering market value for tenant’s mobile homes? The City opted not to buy out tenants’ mobile homes. Instead of buy-outs, The City opted to assist Midfield tenants through the Midfield Closure Program, which includes a lump sum payment of $10,000, legal fees up to $500, and up to $10,000 to cover the cost of either moving or demolishing a mobile home. Tenants who own their mobile homes have the option of relocating them if it is feasible to do so.