1984 was also the year that Enterprise Development made a 504 loan to build the Mark Twain Retirement Center in Moberly, MO. Are you ready for a small world, weird coincidence? The owners of the retirement center bought the property from my Maw Maw (country talk for grandma). I grew up on the acreage, sledding down the pasture hills in winter (fun) and processing chickens for Sunday dinners (absolutely no fun at all… Cannot stress this enough, NO FUN AT ALL). We used to hunt squirrels on the property, though not as readily after an angry, bullet riddled squirrel chased me, my dad and my uncle into the house while waving its fists and chattering death threats in squirrelese.
It was weird discovering that Enterprise made this loan. Maw Maw (and the rest of the family) was trying to work the farm after Paw Paw died and it was becoming a giant burden for everyone. When the offer came to buy the property, Maw Maw sold and moved in right next door to my family. It was great having her live next door near me, Mom and Dad.
We always discuss how much the 504 helps the borrower, which it undoubtedly does, but in this case, it truly helped the seller… my family. Pretty cool.