Residents of Kingsway Kort are awaiting a formal eviction notice before moving ahead with any legal action.
Residents held a meeting at the East End Community Centre on Thursday in an attempt to figure out their next step since they were told they have until March 2014 to leave the park after it was sold to a B.C.-based developer.
Residents received packages from Evergreen Developments Brandon earlier this month before the developer held a meeting with residents to tell them the news.
Tamara Pangborn, a seven-year resident of Kingsway, said the residents have set up a bank account to accept donations from the public to “help in their fight.”
“We’re hoping to get donations because campaigning is going to take money,” she said. “So when we do get the written eviction notice ... then legal action will probably be the next step.”
A small group of five homeowners make up a committee to push forward and Pangborn said they are “a well-oiled machine.”
The hope from residents is for the developer to back down, however, it has said in a statement the park will close down no matter what the outcome of the city’s impending public consultation, for which no date has been set.
Others have said they would like the developer to offer more funds to help them relocate.
But with the trailer park vacancy rate flirting with zero, it’s going to be tough for the 140 residents to find a new parcel of land to lease.
“We hope the developers end up backing off and letting us stay and we get to keep our homes,” Pangborn said.
According to development plans, Kitsilano Laneway Housing Ltd. — working locally under the name Evergreen Developments Brandon — wants to build four 100-unit apartment buildings, 10 four-unit townhouses as well as an amenities building and sales office.
The 11-acre site includes Kingsway Kort Modular Home Park at 1640 Sycamore Dr. and 21 Willowcrest Ave., which is currently vacant.
Sandy Trudel, Brandon’s director of economic development, and the city’s senior building inspector, Greg Merke, both attended Thursday’s meeting.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 26, 2013