Wal-Mart Sends Mobile Home Park Residents Packing

February 17, 2009

(ChattahBox) — In a case that sounds an awful lot like biting the hand that feeds you, a planned Super Wal-Mart store is forcing residents of a mobile home park in North Vernon, Indiana to move.

Fifteen renters have until March 1 to vacate their home.

Morris Wildey, who owns the 28 acres of land that was sold to Walmart, said residents will get paid to move — $500 for renters, $2,000 for those who take their mobile homes and $1,000 for those who leave them.

Wildey said he is selling the land so he can retire and added that residents have lived there relatively inexpensively for some time.

Lewis Pate, who lives at the mobile home park. “I think it’s a farce and a travesty, myself.”

Pate said it’s difficult to find a place to move a mobile home with short notice, but Wildey and Mayor Harold Campbell said residents had known for years that the property was up for sale and there was a chance they would have to leave.


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