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Mobile home park residents speak out at public hearing on rezoning

The owner of the mobile home park has applied to rezone the property the mobile home park sits on, and residents are concerned it could force them from their homes.

Posted: May 7, 2019 11:14 PM
Updated: May 8, 2019 10:18 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Residents of a mobile home park in Springfield showed up to a public hearing on Tuesday night to fight against their property owner's application to rezone and redevelop the land.

During that meeting, Teresa Bishow of Bishow Consulting, LLC represented the owner of Patrician Mobile Home Park in Springfield on Tuesday night. She said the plan is not to force people out of their homes right now. However, residents of that mobile home park said forcing them out in the future could be just as detrimental.

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"Approval of the plan amendment would create for the City of Springfield a new mixed-use designated site that's 13 acres in size," Bishow said.

Right now that property on Game Farm Road holds 81 mobile or manufactured homes.

Bishow acknowledged that while those residents wouldn't have to move immediately, the owner of the park wants to redevelop the area within the next 10 years.

Residents at the meeting who live in that 55 years or older park are asking the city to save their homes.

"There are seniors aging up to 90 years old, varying disabilities, veterans, and uprooting a senior community is just devastating," said one resident. "It's hard to imagine where these people can go and it's a springboard for homelessness."

Members of the City Planning Commission will take the feedback they got on Tuesday night and use that in their next meeting on May 21 to draft a recommendation for the Springfield City Council. The council will have its own public hearing on this matter on June 3 at 7 p.m.

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