Clear Creek Wheel Inn Mobile Home Park Property Acquisition Project
About the Project
The Wheel Inn Mobile Home Park property is located on 31st Avenue East off State Route 167/River Road East and is within the project limits of the greater Clear Creek Floodplain Reconnection Project and is a part of the Clear Creek Strategy Plan.
The Wheel Inn Mobile Home Park property site has a primary home and 10 occupied mobile homes. With proximity to Puyallup River and Clear Creek, the existing property, house and mobile homes have been damaged by flooding repetitively.
To prevent future flood losses , Pierce County is working with the property owner, who approached the County about the possibility of acquiring the park, and the tenants on this acquisition project. Once the purchase and sale of the property and structures are finalized, Pierce County will remove and demolish the structures and clean up the site. As a result, this project will allow this 1.6-acre property to revert to a natural floodplain and open space for floodplain storage, salmon and other wildlife.
Pierce County is committed to working with the tenants to ensure decent, safe, sanitary, and equitable housing for relocation, in accordance with the Uniform Relocation and Real Property Acquisition Act requirements and rules.
(Photo above: January 2009 Puyallup River flood event.)
The acquisition project is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
FEMA HMGP funds provide a fund share of 75% of the estimated project cost, whereas the Washington State Emergency Management Division contributes a cost share of 12.5%, and Pierce County cost shares 12.5% as well.
Commonstreet Consulting is working for the Pierce County Planning and Public Works Surface Water Management Division to help with property value appraisals and determination of affected tenant relocation compensation entitlements.
Pierce County Rivers Flood Hazard Management Plan: Adopted February 2013
FEMA HMGP DR-4243 grant application opportunity, preparation and submittal: 2015 - 2016
FEMA grant award: July 2021
Commonstreet Consulting retained: August 2021
Acquisition process: Currently in progress
Anticipated project completion: End of 2023
This area off State Route 167 has experienced extensive impacts from Clear Creek flooding. The Wheel Inn Mobile Home Park property is one of numerous other properties and houses impacted by repetitive flooding.