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Residents compensated for moving

CHRISTINE McMANUS/summit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Silver Springs resident Vickie Brewer must move out of the mobile home she owns before her neighborhood is demolished next month. The Silverthorne Automotive Group next door is expanding and made the transition easier by waiving the monthly $600 lot rent since January, Brewer said.
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SILVERTHORNE – Residents who must leave the Silver Springs trailer park before it is demolished next month say the experience hasn’t been as bad as they first imagined.

For one, the homeowners have been compensated. Since December, the monthly $600 lot fees paid by the Silver Springs mobile home -owners have been waived, allowing residents to live rent-free. This was part of the deal with the Silverthorne Automotive Group dealership, which is expanding into the land the trailer park home owners are leaving.

Owners, who were advised of the changes last fall, also traded the titles of their mobile homes to the group to avoid costly moving expenses. And, the auto dealership paid residents for leaving early – $600 for every month they moved out before June 1, beginning in March.

“They’ve been pretty good to us. It’s been a lot different than I expected,” said one of the last remaining Silver Springs residents, Vickie Brewer, a United Parcel Service worker with two daughters. “They helped some of my neighbors find a new place to live, and they’ve helped them with moving expenses.”

Brewer still isn’t sure where she will be able to afford to pay rent in Summit County. But she said she plans to try to stay because she loves the area.

Other residents have moved to a different location in Summit County. Some are camping or trying to purchase a home.

“It’s going pretty smooth. I guess everyone accepted their lot in life,” said Silver Springs trailer park manager Harvey McGuire. “Plus they offered the residents incentives and some assistance.”

Summit County Social Services and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center has helped some residents.

“Everything seemed so terrible when we first heard everyone would have to go. But they gave us plenty of time to save up,” said Silver Springs resident Shannon Richardson as she finished feeding lunch to her 18-month-old daughter. “We’re moving to North Carolina to be closer to my husband’s parents.”

Like other mobile homeowners, Brewer said by transferring the title for her mobile home to the auto group, she saved moving costs that were comparable to the price of the homes.

“I wouldn’t guarantee that (the home) would even make it to the city limits. It’s just too old,” McGuire said. Many of the trailer homes are 20 years old. “I have to wait until everyone’s gone before I get out of here. Then they’ll smash these suckers up and haul ’em to the dump so they can put a car lot here.”

Vandals have begun the demolition process by throwing rocks through the windows in the empty trailers.

Next door, a larger trailer park was emptied several years ago to make way for the Target store.

Christine McManus can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or at cmcmanus@summitdaily.com.


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