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Clock Ticking for Workforce Housing in Anchorage

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Posted August 16, 2007

Time is running out for residents of the Lazy Mountain Trailer Park in Eagle River, Alaska. Notice has been given and residents must be gone by October 1st. Park owners plan to sell the 10.65 acre property, which is located on the outskirts of Anchorage, to developer Connie Yoshimura.

Residents must find a new place to put their homes or else relinquish them

to the park owner. There is no other mobile home park in Eagle River.

The sale may be held up if a judge rules for residents. Alaska law protects residents from mass evictions unless an owner intends to change the use of the property. On Dec. 18, 2006, the owner gave notice of the impending sale. According to Alaska Legal Services, who represent the residents, the notice did not indicate that the park would be redeveloped.

The editorial board of the Anchorage Daily News believes that the downfall of Lazy Mountain Trailer Park amounts to more than just a change of residence for a few people. It represents, in their estimation, a sign that Anchorage is pricing people of modest means out of its environs.

The Daily News goes so far as to suggest that a cooperative might be a great thing to help out these people. A co-op gives residents more security. It gives them control over the land underneath their homes. The only problem, in their view, is that the region lacks an experienced provider of expertise in this area.

The board puts it like this: "Losing mobile home parks means less affordable housing for Anchorage -- and that's a growing problem."