Mobile home residents forced to evacuate

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KOKOMO, Ind. (April 23, 2015)--  Residents at a mobile home park in Kokomo are being forced to move. Earlier this month, they received letters saying they had to be out by April 30.

“I was upset. We had heard through the grape vine, a lot of rumors that this was going to happen. We just weren’t sure when and we were wishing for a little more time,” explains Courtney Burton, who lives at Kokomo River Estates.

Construction workers have replaced neighbors. The Burton family has lived in the Kokomo River Estates for the past eight years.

“It was a nice little trailer park. It was booming. It was full, lots of kids and now it’s this,” explains Burton.

The city rezoned the area so an apartment complex could be built on the lot.

“We think it’s a product that’s going to serve the working families of Kokomo,” explains Paul Robertson, with JCF Real Estate.

Many of the residents didn’t wait around for the end of the month deadline.  Some on a fixed income are still struggling to find a new home.

“I’m probably going to move out of the city, yep,” explains Joe Quinn, who lives in Kokomo River Estates.

Burton considers her family lucky, they just found a new home with days to spare.

“I’m just going to take it with a grain of salt and make memories somewhere else,” explains Burton.

The new complex is going to be named JCF Residences at Wildcat Creek.  There will be a total of 88 units and they’ll be a combination of one and two bedrooms. Units are expected to be available by the end of summer.

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