Californian pursuing makeover of Montgomery mobile home park

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Del Rey, California, is a long way from Montgomery. More than 2,100 miles to be exact. But Ryan Kirk wouldn't want to be anywhere else on this day.

"The good thing about mobile home parks that piqued my interest is it's affordable housing and there's such a growing demand for it," said Kirk.

Kirk made no bones about why he is here; part investor, part residential savior and likes a good success story. He found that opportunity in Airbase Estates near Maxwell Air Force Base and people like Patricia Taylor couldn't be more pleased.

"Real nice job. This is the best trailer I've ever lived in," said Taylor who received new flooring, toilet and a used stove.

Before Kirk purchased the property 9 months ago, Airbase Estates reminded him of a Third World country; rundown, neglected, and, quite frankly, sad.

"Taking A/C units. Busted windows," he said.

Today, a mobile home park make-over is being swept in. They're pulling weeds, putting in new flooring in one home with dozens more to go. Included in this story are before and after photos of what's been done and what's to come at Airbase Estates.

Ryan Kirk says he paid $1.2 million for the property. He expects to recoup his investment within 18 months, yet Ryan says this project means much more than just sprucing up a few mobile homes.

"Think about the workforce that help run our city. These are the people who cook our foods, repair our cars and work at Wal-Mart.  They need a clean, affordable place to go," he said.

So far, more than 30 mobile homes have been upgraded. 30 homes that were once neglected are now homes to grateful souls like Patricia Taylor.

Kirk said he is spending on-average about $2,500 in improvements per mobile home.

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