Hearing scheduled on mobile home park

Restraining order barred closure on Wednesday

June 03, 2005

A temporary restraining order that blocked the scheduled closure of the Ev-Mar Mobile Home Park in Savage on Wednesday is scheduled for a hearing in Howard County Circuit Court today.

Lawyers for the owners of the 6.8-acre park, on Gorman Road near U.S. 1, gave notice 13 months ago that the park would close June 1 to prepare the land for redevelopment, but seven families living there engaged Civil Justice Inc., a public interest law firm, to argue that the closure violates Maryland laws and that their evictions are in retaliation for residents' opposing a zoning change on the land.

Circuit Court Administrative Judge Diane O. Leasure issued the order late Tuesday. Phillip Robinson, deputy executive director of Civil Justice, argued in requesting the order that the residents would suffer irreparable harm from eviction, while the owners would suffer no harm from a delay.

Today's hearing is to decide whether the temporary order should be extended.

Some residents say that their older trailers can't be moved and that they can't afford other housing in Howard County, while owners of several new double-wide manufactured homes said they can't afford the $20,000 relocation costs, even if they could find a place to move their homes. Mobile home parks along U.S. 1 are slowly being redeveloped because of the sharply rising value of land.

- Larry Carson

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