WILMINGTON — With just two weeks left before their leases are terminated, several dozen residents are still living at the Hidden Lakes mobile home park. While some of the residents still have questions and concerns about leaving, the landowner representative says efforts are being made to ease the transition.
According to signs posted on the Hidden Lakes property, all leases will be terminated on November 4, and residents are required to leave. More than half of the residents have already pulled up stakes and done so, but around thirty mobile homes — most occupied — still remain on the property. Some of those residents have expressed concerns about leaving.
One main concern: what happens for residents who cannot afford to move their mobile homes off of the property? Will the be fined or taken to court?
According to Livian Jones, the representative for developer Roy Carroll, several residents have reached out to her. Jones noted that residents were given at least 180 days notice that their leases were ending. Carroll’s development firm, Carroll Companies, purchased the land to develop The Avenue mixed-use development two years ago.
Jones said she was working with area non-profits to help residents tackle the move. Jones, who founded her own non-profit recently, said she’s made a lot of contacts in the non-profit world. Jones’ Furniture Finders helped provide donated furniture to help residents around the Wilmington area replaced pieces damaged in Hurricane Florence.
According to Jones, she’s consulted with other developers who have purchased and redeveloped mobile home parks. Jones said efforts are being made to help current Hidden Lakes residents find new accommodations and deal with other issues. Jones didn’t specifically address what would happen if residents do not (or cannot) remove their mobile homes from the property.
An official construction timeline hasn’t been announced yet for the project, but Carroll told the Wilmington Business Journal in September that demolition on neighboring commercial properties would begin by the end of the year.
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