Update posted Wednesday, November 14 at 6:22 a.m.:
Lawrenceburg Mayor Dennis Carr has issued a statement regarding the Tate Street Trailer Park situation.
The owners of the park are planning to sell it to the City of Lawrenceburg, with a purchase agreement being signed November 8. This past weekend, the residents of the park were notified by owners George and Kay Ballart, of Dillsboro, that they have to move out in 30 days.
“The owners are responsible for the removal of structures from the property before the City takes possession of the property,” Carr said in a statement issued Tuesday. “The City is concerned for its citizens and has discussed those concerns with the owners.”
Carr said it is the city’s understanding that something is being worked out to allow the residents more time than just 30 days to find new living arrangements.
The city’s rumored plans for the property have included senior housing, but the mayor says a use has not yet been determined.
Original story posted at Tuesday, November 13 at 10:40 a.m.:
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Some Lawrenceburg residents are being left to wonder where they will be living in a month or two after receiving a surprise notice from their landlord.
Residents of the Tate Street Trailer Park were told Sunday that they must move in 30 days. The owners of the trailer park – listed as George and Kay Ballart, of Dillsboro – have agreed to sell the property to the Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission for $890,000. The city has plans to build new senior housing there.
City Councilman Mike Lawrence, who chairs the redevelopment commission, tells Eagle 99.3 he did not know of the sale until Monday.
“I had no idea of anything until today. When I found out about what was going on today, I contacted the attorney that represents the owners. I met with him, the owners, Mr. (Grant) Hughes (Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Director), and the mayor this afternoon,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence is helping to negotiate more time for residents, who may be allowed to stay until January 15. Incentive may also be offered to Tate Street residents who move out ahead of the 30 day deadline.
“I do feel the residents that live in the trailer park should have been considered when this agreement was put together. I’m not real happy with not being included and being blind sided with issues like this,” Lawrence said.