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Park owners file for bankruptcy

December 13, 2010 – By JOE GORMAN Tribune Chronicle
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LIBERTY – Things may be on the mend at a Belmont Avenue mobile home park.

Jim Haynie, head of the People’s Voice Inc., an advocacy group for residents of the Vintage Villas Mobile Home Park, says residents are being permitted to remain in their homes in the park despite recent court action involving the park’s owners, Ronald and Marsha Holley.

The Holleys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, and this past week a receiver, Robert M. Greenwald of SS&G Financial Services Inc. was appointed to oversee the park.

The Holleys also are undergoing foreclosure proceedings on the park in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, which appointed the receiver.

Efforts to reach the Holleys for this story were not successful.

Residents have complained for years about conditions at the park, which include some homes that have moldy floors and bad roofs, along with vacant and unsightly properties and an increase in calls to the police.

”You name it, we got it,” Haynie said.

Also last week, zoning officials from Liberty were on hand looking over some of the problem homes and properties at the park, Haynie said.

Haynie, who has lived in the park for 17 years, said he has spoken to the park’s previous owner, and that person has expressed an interest in buying the park back.

He said progress has been made since the Holleys filed for bankruptcy.

”I’m very pleased,” Haynie said.

One issue is that residents would like to reduce the number of renters because they want to see people who will put down roots and make a commitment to stay.

”Renting is a big issue,” Haynie said. ”We don’t even know who our neighbors are.”

Haynie said residents have been told they can stay while the issue of the park’s ownership works its way through the courts.

jgorman@tribtoday.com

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2 Responses to “Warren Tribune”

  1. mary Says:

    u know what jim I am in agreement with u we should have less renters of a certain kind, older adult renters should stay while ones with kids should go, we do need to make this a older person park.And a few trailers in here should be torn down.A couple dumpsters and few good people these trailers could be gone and money earned to0. I have done this before in another park 3 days 5 people. I also disagree with the way your association is going about telling new, papers etc about the park have heard from many older tenents u are just making matters worst making us look bad.

  2. haynie9999 Says:

    I’m sorry you feel that way, if it wasn’t for me and the association, this park would have been closed back in May or June. The health dept, EPA, and the township. By talking on the news and the papers it lets others know of our problems, plus they don’t want to close the park with so much press. I guess you and others just don’t get it, if you go to meetings you don’t know us.

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