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Community-centered living in Midlands Village

Oct 31, 2016 12:43PM ● By Amanda Arnold

Tucked in a corner off 32 Road in Clifton, between D and D ½ Roads, are the 313 lots that make up Midlands Village, a community of manufactured homes for people of all ages. It’s currently home to 289 couples, families and many seniors.

Midlands is the kind of place where most people know each other. Staff members such as Regional Supervisor Robyn Cox greet almost everyone by name. Cox admitted that she usually knows the dogs’ names first because the park is welcoming to both people and their pets.

“[Midlands Village] is beautiful. I have great neighbors and it’s like a family,” said Stella Forney, who has lived in the community for 10 years. “I love the staff. They work hard to keep our community beautiful.”

Residents may order their manufactured home through the village or bring their own as long as it meets community requirements. According to Cox, homes must be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and constructed after 1980. Exterior construction and major landscaping must be approved by the community. All units are owner-occupied and renting is not allowed.

Residents often decorate their yards and homes for the holidays. Midlands Village organizes a “Yard of the Month” contest, where winners receive a $50 gift card to a local home improvement store.

“At Midlands Village you will find people who take pride in their home and property,” eight-year resident Chuck Grace said.

Several activities throughout the year give Midlands a friendly community feel. There’s a lady’s quilting group, craft night, Christmas party, neighborhood watch parties and a Midlands-led yard sale. One favorite activity is fundraising for Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Staff member Lynda Van Gavree enjoys her job and the residents.

“I’ve managed several places and this is the best,” Van Gavree said. “There is a good owner, and he makes sure it’s kept up. People here have a vested interest because it’s their home.”   

Midlands Village will add 46 new lots to the property in 2017. The company’s Montrose communities, River Meadows and Cimarron Creek, are also expected to expand soon.

The price of homes ordered through Midlands Village range from $28,000 to $85,000. Lot rental ranges from $425 to $450, a cost that includes sewer, city water, trash and the underground sprinkler system. 

For more information, visit www.midlandsvillage.com or call 434-8193.

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