Residents of Clintonville trailer park nervous about development possibilities

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Even though the name on the front of a trailer home park in Clintonville says Courtyard Estates, the land is owned by Preferred Living. Now families are worried they soon may be without a home.

“We don’t look at this as a trailer park here. This is a family,” said resident, Bill Keller.

Seventy-year-old Bill Keller has lived in his Courtyard Estates trailer home for over a year.

“I came in here and gutted this place. I actually put granite countertops in.” Keller said. 

And now there is a possibility that Keller and 80 other families living in this 55-and over trailer community may have to find somewhere else to live.

“Right now we are just kind of waiting for a response from Preferred Living,” said Randy Ketcham, Clintonville Area Commission for District 6. 

Ketcham, representing the residents that live in the Delawanda neighborhood and those living in the mobile homes. He says Preferred Living reached out to him a couple of months ago, with the idea of building apartments after buying the property several years ago.

Preferred Living owns several other properties across Columbus, including the Taylor House on Olentangy River Road.

“They had knocked off one floor from two four-story buildings to two three-story buildings,” says Ketcham. 

Two three-story apartments could potentially replace this 70-year-old trailer park.

“There is a lot of concern about the residents in the trailer park and also about the development,” said Ketcham.

Residents say the new development would bring unwanted traffic. But for those living in the mobile homes, like Keller.

“It doesn’t affect us because we’re going to be gone. That’s the tragedy,” says Keller.”We would have to move these things somewhere else and we would have six months to do it.”

The commission says the Preferred Living has not formally proposed a plan for new apartments.

Any plans would have to first go through the commission and the city for the plans to get approved.

NBC4 reached out to Preferred Living for comment and our calls were not returned.

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