Ads show new mobile home neighborhood at former Lowry Grove site


Matt Hudson The land formerly known as Lowry Grove pictured on April 8. Developer Brad Hoyt is advertising a new mobile home park less than two years after closing down the former park and vacating those who lived there.

Less than two years after the residents of the Lowry Grove mobile home park were forced out to make way for apartments, the site is now being advertised as a new mobile home park.

A website for the 15-acre plot, rebranded as Urban Grove, promotes homes for less than $100,000 and amenities like a clubhouse, community garden and play area. 

While the land is located in St. Anthony Village, which is its own suburb, the website promotes it as the “St. Anthony neighborhood of Minneapolis.”

The developer is Brad Hoyt, whose company, Continental Property Group, bought Lowry Grove in 2016. At the time, it was a longstanding mobile home park with around 100 households.

With plans for an apartment complex, Hoyt vacated Lowry Grove in 2017, uprooting its residents and causing controversy along the way. That plan ultimately fell through in 2018 as Hoyt butted heads with the St. Anthony City Council over affordable housing and tax-increment financing.

The site was quiet until recently, when plans for the new Urban Grove neighborhood were advertised.

St. Anthony City Manager Mark Casey said that Hoyt’s company filed a permit for utility service to 42 units on the site. Hoyt can request in the future to expand the number of units as the water system gets updated.

Casey said the development is a legal use for the land.

“It’s within the property owner’s rights if they so choose to remodel and reinvest into the property,” he said.

Hoyt could not be reached for comment.

A lawsuit between Hoyt and St. Anthony is still ongoing. Hoyt sued in 2018 after the apartment development failed. The lawsuit claims city officials conspired to sink his plans and requests millions of dollars in compensation. There was a hearing in December in the case, but no ruling has been made.

While no model home was on site as of press time, the Urban Grove website advertises tours in the spring of 2019. The photos on the site are mostly from Manufactured Housing Enterprises, an Ohio-based home builder.

Move-ins are advertised as early as this summer.

 

–Matt Hudson can be reached at mhudson@lillienews.com or 651-748-7825.

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