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STANFORD -- Stanford University has donated eight mobile homes that formerly housed students to the Webb Ranch, a private concern on leased Stanford land, for migrant-worker housing.
All 41 units that had to be moved from the Manzanita Park complex have been claimed free of charge, according to Olivier Pieron, project manager for Manzanita II, the second phase of a new student housing project.
The mobile homes had to go to make room for the first of two planned dormitories adjacent to Kimball Hall, Stanford's newest undergraduate housing unit. Kimball, built in Phase I of the Manzanita project, will open this fall.
In 1969, 118 mobile homes were installed as "temporary" housing. More than 50 will remain in use after the second dorm project starts.
When the university first began clearing the site for Kimball in 1990, it offered 21 mobile homes free of charge to charities and other organizations, if they would pay to have them moved. There were few takers, and all but three of the units were demolished and hauled away as scrap last summer.
Besides the eight units that were taken to the Webb Ranch -- where substandard housing for migrant workers was an issue in the late 1980s -- 11 were taken by the Anderson Valley Housing Association, three by the Colusa County Farm Bureau, six by Glenn Curtice Trucking and 12 by Vivitech of San Leandro. One will be moved across campus to the Stanford Equestrian Center as a home for the caretaker.
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