Sale of mobile home community could give the public more access to Lake Erie in 2022
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Euclid Beach Amusement Park closed over 50 years ago, and now the Western Reserve Land Conservancy has purchased a 29-acre site that sits on part of the former property of the amusement park.
“We have the opportunity to kind of reinvent this neighborhood, to reimagine this lakefront in this part of our city,” said Matt Zone of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. “Less than 6% of the shores of Lake Erie are accessible to the public, and in Cleveland, it’s a little less than that. “
Zone said residents of the Euclid Beach mobile home community are a priority and no one will have to leave anytime soon. But some are still disappointed at the idea of moving.
“It would have been nice if it stayed as it was,” said Victor Baker, a 15-year-old resident. “I’m old. I hoped I could die here someday, but that’s how it is.
A Dallas-based manager had owned the manufactured home park since the 1980s.
Despite attempts to purchase the land for public use, Zone said it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to right the wrongs of half a century of failing to give the public better access to Lake Erie.
“It’s not going to affect me for real since I’m looking to move soon,” said Derion Jackson, a 2-year-old resident who likes the idea of opening the lakeside. “I think it will be a good thing.”
“If they want to do something with it, do something good with it,” Baker repeated.
Zone said no plan had been finalized and that they would be respectful to everyone.
“In a process that really charts the course for the future,” Zone said. “Nothing will happen overnight. This process will be meaningful, inclusive, but it will take some time.
Currently, the prefabricated house stock has 137 occupied units, less than half of its capacity.
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