Regency Trailer Park Residents Could Lose Homes to Development

8 years 5 days 4 hours ago Tuesday, September 13 2011 Sep 13, 2011 Tuesday, September 13, 2011 8:32:00 PM CDT September 13, 2011 in News
By: Emily Spain

COLUMBIA - Hundreds of residents living in Columbia Regency Mobile Home Park may have to pack up and move out if a proposal to redevelop the land gets approved. Regency of Missouri Inc. and an Austin-based developer submitted a rezoning request to the city to replace the mobile homes with student housing.

The request would change the 40-acre lot to a PDU or planned unit development.  City Planner Steve MacIntyre said the development would have 330 units, ranging between two to four bedrooms a unit and would house around 1000 people. However, the new units would mean hundreds of people in Regency would have to find new places to call home.

This has many residents on edge, worrying about where they will go and how they will afford it.

"Where are they going to send us to, a shelter? I'm not raising my kids in no shelter," said trailer park resident Melissa Dinwiddie.

Many living in at the park are elderly, disabled and low income, unable to pay the $2,000 to $6,000 it costs to move a trailer.

"It's not that you know, you can just pack your stuff up and move, we've got to move our home," said Regency resident Patty Perkins.

If the rezoning request goes through, the people living at Regency will have 120 days to get out and they're asking for help in hopes of keeping their lots. But, if they have to move, they want the city's help.

"They need to work with us, you know, help us with the move," Perkins said.

MacIntyre said the city has been attempting to address how to help the residents.  He said it's planning to refer them to the Voluntary Action Center. 

The planning and zoning commission will vote on the rezoning request at its meeting on Sept. 22. If it passes to council, then the final decision will be made in October. 

KOMU-8 tried to contact Columbia Regency's management for comment, but no calls were returned.  

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