Development Could Displace Palo Alto Mobile Home Owners

By Marianne Favro
|  Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013  |  Updated 5:36 PM PDT
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For about 400 people in Palo Alto, Buena Vista mobile home park is home. But it may not be for long. Marianne Favro reports.

For about 400 people in Palo Alto, Buena Vista mobile home park is home. But it may not be for long. Marianne Favro reports.

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For about 400 people in Palo Alto, Buena Vista mobile home park is home.

But it may not be for long.

The owners want to sell the property and are working with a developer interested in building high end luxury apartments here.

If that happens Robert Lopez, who has lived here 23 years, would be forced to move.

“I have no place to go. I am 80 years old and I am legally blind and I have cancer,” Lopez said.

This month the park owners submitted a relocation plan to the city offering residents between $31,000 and $50,000 for their mobile homes and relocation costs. Those who can’t move their homes were offered $11,000.

Mary Kear says that’s not a fair amount.

“I think it’s extremely low. We need to look at the market value for people how are they going do it,” Kear said.

She says it would cost her about $1,600 a month to rent a one bedroom apartment in this area.

That’s double what she’s paying now. “I’d have to move far away,” she added.

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