Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trailer Park Residents in Mississauga, Ont. Say Development Plans Are Unfair

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trailer Park Residents in Mississauga, Ont. Say Development Plans Are Unfair

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Trailer park residents say development unfair

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A plan to tear down a small mobile home park for a new housing development in Mississauga, Ont., has the small community of over 200 homes wondering where they'll have to move and has seniors wondering how they'll be able to afford a new house on their fixed income.

The Peel regional municipality voted last week to dismantle the mobile home park and replace it with a new housing development of town homes and apartment buildings, a move that will quadruple the area's density.

Peel region says residents of Twin Pines Mobile Home Park will each get $31,000 in compensation for their land, with an option to rent or buy at the new housing development that will replace the park.

Marlyn Addai, president of the park's board of directors, says the compensation isn't enough for many of the people who live in the park, many of whom are still paying off mortgages on their mobile homes and live on a fixed income.

"It's very very hard to now know that your home is going to be demolished," said Addai, who has lived in her 1,000 square foot mobile home since 2001.

"Two-thirds of people here are on pensions and they cant get a new mortgage, and 40 per cent of them still have mortgages, so once your home is gone, what are you going to do - declare bankruptcy?"

Dan Labrecque, general manager of Peel Living, which has owned the park since 1996, says the development is necessary because the park's outdated infrastructure would cost too much to maintain.

Peel Living, the housing branch of the regional municipality, took ownership of the park after the original owner decided to sell it in 1996. Residents of Twin Pines raised $1 million, which Peel Living used as a loan to lease the park for 20 years.

Labrecque says municipal officials were up front about their ability to fully redevelop the park after the lease was up, and said the region's only realistic option is to tear it down and develop a new community. …

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