Mobile home residents protest against Euclid Beach project

CLEVELAND (WJW) — Residents of the Euclid Beach mobile home park are demanding they stay home.

” We cry. I can’t eat,” resident Connie Fredericy said.

Fredericy bought her mobile home almost 20 years ago so she could care for her husband who has kidney problems.

“We have to be some distance from the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic, Euclid Hospital and the dialysis center for him,” Fredericy said.

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Fredericy was among 20 residents who came together Monday night to fight the Euclid Beach neighborhood plan that was announced last week.

The plan will transform 28 acres of land currently occupied by residents to expand public access to Euclid Beach.

“They want to place a park between two parks at the cost of displacing 139 families from their homes,” said resident Mary Johnson.

The park was purchased by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy in 2021.

“Our houses are occupied by people of all ages, including the elderly and people with disabilities. A lot of us struggle with income,” Johnson said.

According to a Western Reserve Land Conservancy spokesperson, more than $90,000 has been invested in the mobile home community over the past year.

They went on to say, “We are committed to continuing to treat the residents of the Euclid Beach mobile home community with the respect and kindness they deserve. In addition to a tenant-only meeting, we will work with each tenant to create a fair and equitable transition plan.

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“We’ve told them time and time again that we support a smaller footprint that would allow us to stay in the community,” said resident Brochelle Baker.

Residents say they were told they had 12 to 15 months to find another home.

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