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Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998

EVICTIONS SHOCK RESIDENTS

May 29, 1998

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Dozens of people in two Lawrence trailer parks came home to eviction notices on Thursday.

Pine Hills and Brookside manufactured home communities were purchased in January by Affordable Residential Communities of Colorado. Dozens of residents in both parks received eviction notices in the mail Thursday, giving them until July 1 to move.

Pat Keiner, community manager for both of the parks, was not available for comment Thursday evening. No one was available in the ARC offices in Colorado.

The exact number of eviction notices sent out was not known; residents in Pine Hills guessed between 35 and 50 notices went out.

``That's just 40 more people to be homeless,'' Pine Hills resident Glenda Breese said. ``We're just working class people.''

At Pine Hill, 101 N. Mich., residents wandered to neighbors' porches, notices in hand. Rumors flew about the reason for the evictions; some said they heard it was because of the ages of many of the trailers. New regulations in the community state that homes more than 10 years old can't be moved in, some residents said.

Residents said it could cost them between $500 and $5,000 to move their mobile homes, and only if they could find a new lot.

Lori Herd, a single mother, said she had just finished getting the title to her trailer in Pine Hills. Now she and her two daughters, Heather, 1, and Alesia, 3, are going to have to move. She said she doesn't understand why this is happening.

Sandra Engbrook said she had been asked by the park owners to put a new deck on her trailer in Pine Hills.

``I spent 800 bucks, drained my savings account, and now they're kicking me out,'' she said. ``I wish they would have told us.''

Residents of the two parks had signed new leases at the beginning of May. One Pine Hills resident's lease clearly stated it was valid through June 1, 1998, and then rental became month-to-month.

The two parks had been owned by Bill Webster of Lawrence, but were sold in January to ARC.

-- Felicia Haynes' phone message number is 832-7173. Her e-mail address is fhaynes@ljworld.com.

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