Saturday, February 23, 2002

Trailer park set to shut down

Site had served mobile homes for 45 years

By Jennifer Edwards
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP — As rows of new homes pop up in this suburb, a 45-year-old trailer park is shutting down at the end of the month because its manager is retiring.

        Sherwood Mobile Home Court, on 9 acres at Hamilton-Mason Road between Cox and Cincinnati-Dayton roads, eventually will be sold for development.

        It will be available with an adjacent 12 acres once the late owner's wife dies, who is 95, said Shirley Farmer, 69, who has managed the site for her mother.

        While the residential turnover in the park had jumped dramatically in the past 10 years, some lived there as long as 40 years. The rent for lots was $220 per month.

        “It was sad having to tell some of these people who lived here so long we were closing,” Ms. Farmer said. “It didn't used to be as much work as it has become. I'm set on everything being neat and clean, but people have become litterbugs and have no pride and don't care as much. I just get madder and madder because I care so much.”

        She said she already has received several calls from developers who want to line the front of the property with businesses and build homes in the rear.

        “We are in an excellent location and are right around the corner from everything,” she said. Nine trailers remained this week at the park, which originally had 50 lots before being reduced to 35 lots as trailers expanded and more residents owned more than one car.

        Several of the tenants already have moved to other trailer parks in Mason, Blue Ash and Liberty Township, Ms. Farmer said.

        Scott Acheson, 21, his girlfriend, Desiree, and their 14-month-old daughter, Haley, plan to move their trailer today to Shadow Lake in Mason. The family has lived at Sherwood just over a year.

        “We enjoyed living here,” Mr. Acheson said. “It's quiet and peaceful. Everyone kept to themselves, but we were a good neighborhood.”



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