Residents happy to see abandoned trailer park demolished - WNEM TV 5

Residents happy to see abandoned trailer park demolished

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Thousands of blighted properties around Genesee County are being demolished.

An infusion of federal cash has kept crews busy since 2014.

On Wednesday, June 5, the work shifted to the long-neglected Averill Avenue trailer park.

Residents said it was a breeding ground for crime and drug dealing. Now residents who live near the Kirkwood Mobile Home Park are breathing a sigh of relief.

“Thank God they’re tearing it down,” said Ken Ricketts, resident.

He lives just a few doors down from the abandoned park on N. Averill Avenue. He said since it foreclosed a few years back, it has caused nothing but problems.

“We’ve had scrappers and they’re just ripping the park apart leaving garbage,” Ricketts said.

According to the Genesee Land Bank, Ricketts won’t have to deal with the eyesore much longer. They said a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and money from a Wisconsin-based group known as the Phoenix Investors, they had enough money to take the park down.

Ricketts and his neighbors said they will feel safer and happier once it’s gone.

“This is going to be good for the public that it’s not there anymore. It’s a trashy trailer park and needs to go,” one resident said.

Ricketts is hopeful the tear down is the start of a new beginning on his block.

“A clean neighborhood says people care,” he said.

The land bank said it should take contractors a few weeks to get all of the structures down.

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