Residents distressed that longtime south Huntsville mobile home park will close

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --  A longtime south Huntsville mobile home park is closing, with new owners planning to redevelop the South Memorial Parkway property.

Maplecrest Mobile Home Park residents got letters in the mail over the past week – dated Dec. 8 – telling them their month-to-month leases have been terminated and they must vacate the property by Jan. 8.

Most of the residents own their homes, but they lease the land.

The park’s manager Benny Jones said several of the residents have lived there for 20 years or more, and have no idea where to go.

“That’s the problem we have, we just don’t know where to go and how we’re going to get there,” he said.

Jones said residents hope someone will hear about their plight and offer help in finding a new place to live.

A few residents are still buying their mobile homes, and face the dilemma that they can’t move them without a deed.

Residents said they don’t know where they will move or how they will afford it. They also expressed dismay about not only losing their homes, but that the news comes so close to Christmas.

Carol Vanmeter has lived there for six years.

“The families here, they don’t know what to do,” she said. “They can’t go out and buy Christmas for their kids because they got to save that money to move,” she said.

The Mapes family owned the property for many years, but it became increasingly difficult to manage, their daughter said today. She said it was a business decision to sell the property and residents were given proper notice.

She also said the new owners have pledged to work with residents to help facilitate their move.

The new property owners, the Breland Companies, sent WHNT News 19 a statement this afternoon, regarding plans for the property.

“We are excited to have purchased the Maplecrest Mobile Home Park site on South Parkway and plan to re-develop that location to bring new retail opportunities to Huntsville,” a company spokesman said. “A notice has been sent to the tenants of the park as required by Alabama law so that they can begin the moving process.

“We understand that this process may take some time and we will work with the tenants to make the move as easy as possible to other available mobile home parks in the area. “