Melvindale moving forward on Hearthside

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE — Only four trailers remained in Hearthside Mobile Home Park as the city put out proposals for redevelopment of the property Tuesday.

“Most of the people have moved,” City Treasurer Karen Lowe said Thursday.

The property at 17742 Dix has been an eyesore for many years, resident David Fink said.

“It just makes the city look bad,” he said. “I’m glad the city is doing something new with it.”

The mobile home park has been a long-time part of the city.

The property is zoned industrial and it’s unknown how the mobile home park was approved for the location.

“It’s been here as long as I’ve been here,” said Lowe, a lifetime Melvindale resident.

City officials are accepting redevelopment proposals until Nov. 24 and will be open publicly Dec. 1.

The city took control of the property in September 2013. In May, city officials notified the then estimated 18 residents still living in the park that the city was changing the use of the park and they would have to move.

Police Chief Chad Hayse said he has been with the department for 23 years and officers have been to the mobile home park many times.

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