Changes are coming for Hearthside

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE — A long-time eyesore is headed for the ground.

“It’s a dump,” said Melvindale resident Silas Ritter of Hearthside Mobile Home Park at 17742 Dix Road. “It needs to be demolished.”

The city took control of the property in September. Now it wants to demolish the fixed structures, which include a house and hotel, and vacate the handful of mobile homes from the premises.

Councilwoman Kelley Hess made the motion during a recent city council meeting for attorneys to notify residents of plans to change the use of the park under the state’s rules and regulations governing the physical condition and aesthetic characteristics of mobile homes.

Councilwoman Nicole Barnes supported the motion and the City Council unanimously agreed to close it down and place it up for sale and redevelopment.

“I’ve been here 23 years and we’ve been going to the trailer park for a very long time,” Police Chief Chad Hayse said.

The city is seeking bids for the demolition project.

None of the residents were available for comment during the Downriver Sunday-Times’ recent visit to the trailer park.

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