Last Mobile Home Park in Palo Alto Faces Closure

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    Some 400 Palo Alto residents could soon be left with no place to go. They live in the city's only mobile home park, and if they get an eviction notice, it will be the largest dislocation of residents in Palo Alto anyone can remember. Cheryl Hurd reports. (Published Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013)

    Some 400 Palo Alto residents could soon be left with no place to go.

    They live in the city's only mobile home park, and if they get an eviction notice, it will be the largest dislocation of residents in Palo Alto anyone can remember.

    The park is called Buena Vista Mobile Park. It started out as a camp ground in 1927. In 1950, it became an official park.

    Mary Kear has lived here for eight years. "When I first came, I was gainfully employed," Kear said.

    Now her job requires her to be on call. The possible closure of Buena Vista Mobil-home park in Palo Alto has put her on edge.

    "If I'm out of here, I won't be able to retire," Kear said.

    Kear is one of 400 low income and disabled residents who might be facing eviction.

    The property owner filed paper work with the city which says he plans to sell the only mobile home park in posh Palo Alto to a land developer.

    That developer wants to up an upscale apartment complex on the property, leaving 400 resident, some who have been there for three decades, with nowhere to go. "I usually get $900 a month and the rent is almost one thousand," according to resident Blanca Fonseca.

    "I can't afford food, gas and all that." Palo Alto attorney Nadia Aziz is the attorney for the residents.

    She says the city needs to consider how it's going to deal with the fact that so many units of affordable housing is being lost. We spoke with a member of Palo Alto's planning department.

    He says the city is waiting for the owner to submit a relocation impact report, which is required by law.