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Housing mystery solved

PABLO — Many people reported seeing unidentified structures at 57070 U.S. Highway 93 on Frontage Road about a mile north of the Salish Kootenai College.

When 15 modular units — brown in color and rectangular in size — were put in on 7 acres, people wanted to know how they would be used.

“They are homes,” property owner Hans Lund said.

Hans worked with project partner Mark Bretz to put the three-bedroom units in place, but a lot of work needed to be done first.

“We tore down several rotten trailers,” he said. “People have told us they are happy to see the area cleaned up.”

Hans has several rental properties in Polson and he heard about the opportunity to acquire the Pablo property.

“There is a need for quality housing in the area,” he said. “They are trailers but they are brand new.”

He said it’s difficult to get permits to put in new trailers to provide affordable housing but the Tall Pines trailer park was established in 1976 so the process was a bit easier.

“It seemed like a good spot so we took on the project,” he said.

The homes remain empty until current state permits are finished, but student housing is full at SKC, and Hans is hoping to supplement that need. Caras Property Management of

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