San Jose Mobile Home Park Residents Face Eviction For Condo Development

SAN JOSE (KCBS)—About 145 low-income and disabled seniors living at mobile home park in San Jose face the possibility of being evicted as the owner considers selling the property to a developer of market-rate condominiums.

Like many other mobile home park owners in Silicon Valley, Cali-Arioto Properties is considering selling a chunk of highly-desirable land to developer Pulte Homes.

The Winchester Ranch Mobile Home Park is located near two high-traffic locations—the Winchester Mystery House and Santana Row.

Low-Income Residents In San Face Eviction As Developers Eye Property For Development

The residents there, who are mostly low-income or seniors, said they have no plans to move.

“The next move in my plan was to be ashes in container somewhere,” Davlyn Jones, a resident who has lived in the valley for 50 years, said.

The redevelopment of Winchester to into market-rate condominiums would reduce the city’s affordable housing inventory. The median price for a home in San Jose is currently over $600,000.

“San Jose has always said something about ‘we have affordable senior citizen housing’—yes you do. This is it,” Marianne Saum, a Winchester Ranch resident, said.

Palo Alto is going through a similar transition. That city’s last mobile home park is about to be sold to developers and will displace about 400 low-income residents.

Many Winchester Ranch residents are planning to speak out about proposed sale of the mobile home park before the city’s next week.

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