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Owners say needed repairs reason for closing of park
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Nov 01, 2012 | 1987 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Katherine and Gene Wells in their living room during last week’s interview.
Katherine and Gene Wells in their living room during last week’s interview.
The owners of Wells Mobile Home Park took the opportunity last week to give their reasons and express their points of view about the closing of the park.

Gene and Katherine Wells have not only owned and managed the mobile home park for more than four decades, but they have also lived there. Residents received letters from a Macon attorney Oct. 1 on behalf of the owners that the park will be closing, and the couple stated in an interview last week that the decision was not an easy one.

Wells Mobile Home Park residents own their homes, but the lots they sit on are rented. When the owners decided to close the park, it became necessary for the 54 homes in the park to be moved. The mobile home owners were given 90 days to move their homes with the deadline to be out Dec. 31.

The Wells now live in a brick ranch home located next to the mobile home park, but up to 10 years ago they lived in a doublewide inside the park. Their first home in the park was a singlewide.

Gene Wells said he made the decision last month that he was going to have to close the park. He said the park was opened in 1968, and at that time PVC pipe was not used for waterlines. The waterlines are galvanized pipes, and they are corroded and beginning to leak.

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