The Columbia Regency mobile home park will officially be closed in summer 2012. The extended moving date and a minimum moving allowance of $2,300 given to each tenant were among the reasons the Columbia City Council gave for agreeing to rezone the property in late November.
The property's owner, Colorado-based Churchill Group, notified residents that the park would close in February. Property buyer Aspen Heights agreed — if the council rezoned the property to allow for the company's proposed student housing development — to extend that date and give residents more time to find another place to live.
Melissa Dinwiddie, a Columbia Regency resident for the past seven years, decided to move her family and home sooner rather than later. The process of moving her mobile home from Regency to Colonial Village mobile home park in north Columbia took more than two weeks in early December and nearly resulted in irreparable damage to her home.
Now, she and her family — her four children, mother and brother — are still settling into their new community.