Anybody want to buy 150 slightly used mobile homes? The 25-year-old mobile homes that have provided housing for married Brigham Young University students since the early '70s are for sale.
In their place, married students will have three times the housing options at Wyview Village as the university replaces the mobile homes at 1999 N. University Ave. with 426 apartment units.A total of 30 buildings - 11 18-plexes and 19 12-plexes - will stand on the land that currently holds mobile homes that have been providing married housing for the past 25 years.
Gene Libutti, facilities planning director for the planning and architecture department, said the new buildings will be attractive, designed in brown to red tones of brick, with a look somewhat different than the cinder block of the current married student complex, Wymount Terrace.
The central building and laundry facility will be remodeled and possibly serve as a site for church services for the neighborhood residents.
Bids go out the latter part of April and construction on the three-phase project will start in mid-May.
Student couples will vacate the first 48 mobile homes by the end of April. The university will cover the cost of transferring their utility billing and offer first choice of the new brick units to those being moved out of the mobile homes, said Carri Jenkins, a university spokeswoman.
Rents, which currently start at $315 a month for a one-bedroom mobile home and range to $395 for a three-bedroom, will go up with moving into the new units. However, the university is not saying yet what those rates will be.
The new apartments will be a little bigger and offer more storage than those at the Wymount Terrace complex, said Jenkins. They will be built in three stories and will have one, two and three bedrooms units available.
The 150 mobile homes are being offered to the highest bidder as a package complete with storage sheds and swamp coolers. Buyer must pay the costs of moving and relocating the mobile homes, said Jenkins. Bids are due Feb. 23 by 5 p.m. to the BYU Purchasing Department.