Ely Mobile Home Residents Unsure if They Must Move
ELY - People in Ely's only mobile home park have an uncertain future.
A new owner plans to close it; but residents said they have not been told.
"Everything in the room is new," mobile home owner Doug Johnston said. "I completely gutted the trailer."
Johnston said he has spent about $20,000 to renovate his Ely mobile home.
However, a new owner has purchased the property and Johnston will most likely have to move.
"This is the first letter we got that said the mobile home had been purchased," Johnston explained.
Johnston and the other handful of residents in the mobile home park received a letter that said it was their intent to close the park; leaving residents wondering what was next.
"We're a family on our own here," mobile home owner Betty Mikolich said.
Residents said they knew some sort of change would be coming their way since the property was up for sale for more than a decade.
At different points, the city and community college were interested in buying the property.
But, with a sale final in February, residents said they are more confused than ever.
"The very next day we get this letter that says the park is not actually closing," Johnston said.
According the new property owner's lawyer, people will have to move out.
But, through community meetings and confusing letters, residents said they do not know what to think.
"We do not know, we don't have a date," former office manager Wendy Harrison said.
Harrison shifted her possessions around; not knowing her next move.
"It's all happened so suddenly," Harrison said. "We don't know if we should be looking for a place right now, should we be waiting."
Without another park to move to, and a city ordinance keeping them out from moving to a different part of town, many are feeling helpless.
"I really feel like there is not another option in this town," Harrison said.
"I'm being foreclosed on for the home I've owned for 20 years," Johnston said.
For now, Johnston is taking a break from any more remodels until he gets the official word.
"It's my retirement home," Johnston said. "It isn't much, but it's perfect for me."
The new company's lawyer said a "neutral party" is supposed to talk to residents about possible payments and moving plans, and that there is not a set date for when people will have to move out.
He added that the company is following statutory procedure and that residents will be treated fairly.