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Trailer park sold to make way for upscale housing development

By Lauren Maxwell 6:11 PM April 15, 2014

Company says they will help pay for residents to relocate


Residents of an eastside trailer park have gotten notice they may have to move to make way for a new housing development.

The Riviera Terrace Mobile Home Park off Boniface Parkway has been sold to California-based developers. The group plans to put in 400-500 townhomes and apartments on the 30-acre site.

Phase one of the project is expected to start next summer. To accommodate that, 25 trailers will have to move from the north end of the park. But developer Cameron Johnson said they wouldn’t be moving far.

“We are hoping to relocate all the existing tenants within the property,” Johnson said.” If we can’t, some of the trailers will have to be demolished and we’ll need to find replacement housing for those tenants.”

Johnson said his company, AMG and Associates, is prepared to pay up to $1 million to help residents relocate. He’s hoping the municipality will grant him a temporary property tax exemption that might help to cover some of the costs.

In the meantime, residents are adjusting to the idea they may have to pull up stakes and move their homes to the other side of the park.

Gale Hizer said he didn’t mind as long as there is a space for him.

“Well there’s only limited spots, so if all of us don’t go in there we have to find someplace else to go,” Hizer said.

Hizer says most parks won’t accept his older trailer. But he’s being told not to worry because developers have made a promise to residents.

“We have no intention of putting people out on the streets,” Johnson said. “I won’t develop this project unless we can find suitable housing for these residents.”

Johnson said eventually all the residents will have to move when the entire complex is developed. But, he said, it won’t be completed for about 10 years.

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