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Santa Monica trailer park demolition approved

November 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The Santa Monica City Council has approved demolition and voted to replace a trailer park with high-end condos and apartments.

The trailer park, which is located on the 2900 block of Colorado Avenue, is one of the last in the city. The fight over the Village Trailer Park has been going on for six years.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to adopt an ordinance that would allow the owner of the park to replace what's there now with something bigger and more modern.

Council members voted 4-2 to allow the park's owner to tear down the park, that's still home to 36 residents. In its place, the owner wants to build several hundred high-end condos and apartments and move the current residents to a different mobile home park nearby.

The developer, Mark Luzzatto, released the following statement to Eyewitness News:

"Every one of the residents has the option of getting a brand new mobile home that's 70 percent bigger. We will deed title to their new home, pay to move their items and it's just four blocks away."

However, some of the residents don't want to leave one of the last rent-controlled properties in the city and are furious that they're getting kicked out of their homes - homes, some of them have lived in for more than a decade. On the other hand, at least one resident says the Village Trailer Park needs too much work and instead of putting money into the aging park, seeing something new and improved wouldn't be a bad thing.

Residents opposing the new plan say they will continue to fight for their homes with a lawsuit, despite what the owner wants and despite the City Council's vote.


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