Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Developer says he has plans for Post Falls mobile home park lot

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 10:34 AM

The El Rancho mobile home park in Post Falls met a quick fate last summer. Notices posted on trailer doors in January told residents they had six months to get out. By winter, the lot was being bulldozed. 

As we reported then, many of the park's residents felt the eviction was unfair or worried about how they'd afford to move. Many mobile home park residents own their homes, but not the land underneath them, leaving them with expensive moving bills or the prospect of leaving their homes behind.

“Just because we live in trailers doesn’t mean we’re trailer trash,” one resident, Lisa Cornett, said then. “Don’t treat us like trash.”

But the owners of the land and some locals and city officials saw the park as more of an eyesore than a housing opportunity. Post Falls City Administrator Eric Keck told us residents saw it as a "blight," asking the city, "What are you going to do to get this cleaned up?" 

Now, KREM reports that the developer who owns the property has plans to build a shopping center with "big name retailers" there, though he doesn't have a timeline for construction yet. We have a call in to the owner for more details, and we'll update this post if we get them.

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Heidi Groover is a staff writer at the Inlander, where she covers city government and drug policy. On the job, she's spent time with prostitutes, "street kids," marriage equality advocates and the family of a 16-year-old organ donor...