ROCHESTER, Minn. - Just days after a trailer burned down from suspected arson, the neighborhood is coming together to beautify their community.
As of last October, the neighborhood purchased the park. Now, everyone who lives there becomes part-owner of the property.
"Our hope for the park is to have more people come and live with us... We also know that with 20 years of deferred maintenance from the previous owners, that we, as owners that are here now, have a lot of work ahead of us," explains operations manager and 20-year resident of the park Allie Lechner.
Those 20 years of deferred maintenance include trimming back trees, pulling weed, mowing grass, and planting flowers.
Now that the residents own the park, the community has its own park board, but Lechner tells KIMT that everyone in the community are viewed as equals. "They're not just renting a piece of land so to speak. They are part-owner of the park and they have a say as to what happens in the park. We listen to everybody."
As Rochester is facing an affordable housing crisis, residents of the park think trailer homes are overlooked as an affordable housing option. Additionally, they think mobile home parks face an unfair stigma, giving them a bad rap.
"I feel that mobile home parks get a bad rap as far as mobile home trash," explains Lechner. "We are not that... We want our community to be a happy, home-loving community."
The park currently has single and double units available.