Colonial Heights makes upgrades

WINTERSVILLE – New owner UMH Properties is making major changes at Colonial Heights, a community of manufactured homes at 917 Two Ridge Road.

UMH, headquartered in New Jersey, is in the midst of a major upgrade, bringing in new single- and double-wide manufactured homes and adding a community center, fitness gym, game room and playground, along with new street signs, paving and fencing. All the upgrades are intended to give Colonial Heights a new vibe that better reflects its new focus.

“We have 20-plus empty lots where we’ll be bringing brand new singles and doubles in for people to either rent or buy,” property manager Terri Prokorym said.

Conveniently located near the mall, schools, grocery stores and other attractions, Colonial Heights is easily accessible to U.S. Route 22, according to Prokorym. With prices starting at $48,500, it offers two- and three-bedroom options in either single- or double-wide floor plans.

“It’s affordable and accessible,” Prokorym said. “All of our applicants go through a background credit check, and we have security. It’s a very secure, safe, quiet environment.”

There are no homeowner association fees, either, she said.

“We have eight new homes in now and six more on order,” she said. “We’ll just keep buying more as they’re sold or rented.”

Every home in Colonial Heights, whether it’s rented or purchased outright, includes a 10-by-10-foot shed. Rentals include maintenance to the home and yard, as well as the lot. Prokorym said Colonial Heights has a maintenance staff available to address problems as they arise. She and her secretary, Carla Greiner, also are on call around the clock.

For those who’d like to own their own home but don’t have enough for a down payment, Prokorym said UMH has a rent-to-buy option: Qualified applicants can rent and at the end of the year it will be applied to their down payment.

“It helps people get into homes,” she said, adding Colonial Heights would be perfect for workers in the oil and gas industry.

The community center should be done in July or August, Prokorym said. Eventually, she said they hope to offer programs and activities at the new community center, like bingo, craft classes and potluck dinners.

“It’s a nice place for our tenants to get together or work out,’ she said. “It’d be nice for family occasions, too.

UMH, a Fortune 500 company, is a real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured home communities in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Indiana and Michigan, as well as Ohio, and

is preparing to move into Florida as well. In business since 1968, UMH currently owns 68 manufactured home communities. Financing is available through its licensed subsidiary, UMH Sales and Finance.

For information, contact Prokorym at (740) 314-5182.