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Seems that life in the Shangri-La Mobile Home Park is anything but heaven on earth.
Shangri-La is a 12-acre mobile home park along the far north end of Cascade Avenue, among a cluster of parks in the bottoms along Monument Creek. Old-timers say it was a drive-in theater before being converted into a 129-space mobile home park in 1968.
At the center of the park is an old church building, which serves as the office, surrounded by nine rows of trailers.
It’s nothing fancy. Not like the newer park adjacent to the west off Sunflower Road. Check out the FlashEarth.com image below.
Last March, Shangri-La got a new owner, North Carolina transplant Dale Osborn, who paid $4.38 million to buy it.
Since taking over, Osborn has imposed harsh rules and used the threat of increased rent to intimidate and force compliance. Some experts say he may be violating Colorado law with some of his rules, such as a charging $25 per month for each pet a home owner has.
Here is an example of some of the new Shangri-La rules posted by Osborn:
Take a look at the park. There aren’t many places BUT the street for kids to play.
A judge in Adams County has thrown out pet rent in parks that don’t provide any pet services and the American Mobilehome Association said the Adams County precendent applies elsewhere in Colorado.
In response to Osborn’s rules, some residents are rallying their neighbors to unite in opposition, led by nine-year resident Debbie Fales. She started a petition demanding an end to the pet rents and already has 30 signatures. Fales also has invited Sherry Armstong, president of the American Mobilehome Association to speak to a rally in her home at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21.
In addition, Fales and her allies are passing out copies of the Colorado Mobile Home Park Act passed 35 years ago to educate her neighbors about their rights. It’s a landlord-tenant law that spells out the rights of park owners vs. mobile home owners vs. mobile home renters.
Here’s some more interesting reading about mobile homes, parks and state regulations from a 1999 review done by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.
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Dale Osborn doesn’t feel his side of the story was represented. Here is a fax he sent me Thursday: