LEE – Residents of a mobile home park in the town of Lee are being faced with a handful of choices, and none of them good – especially headed into the holiday season.
Around two dozen people who call Cove Wood Mobile Home Park their home, some of whom have lived there for as many as 20 years, now have to leave. And that’s not an affordable endeavor. It'll cost money these people just don't have, and they don't know what they're going to do.
This eviction notice – which simply says the park is closing – is the last thing the park residents needed a month before Christmas.
“Well, it's… I don't have nowhere to go, around the holidays,” said resident Kevin Wojdyla.
The notice tells them the park is closing, and they have six months to leave, which means moving their trailers and cleaning their lots. But moving them is a costly proposition.
“Thousands, probably,” said Wojdyla. “My neighbor I take care of, she’s lived here for 20 years, 75 years old, where’s she going to go? Social security, older trailer, if they can even move it. So, I don’t know. Loss for words.”
James Street Management, which sent the eviction notice, didn't return our calls last week or on Tuesday.
Not far behind the eviction notice was a boil water order that has been issued until further notice. People in the park have been plagued by water problems, but park management isn't saying if that's the reason for the closure, and residents were not given a reason.