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As investors lurked, mobile home residents bought their park

A group of mobile home residents in western Massachusetts will ring in the new year with a renewed sense of place, after they banded together to purchase their park before outside investors could take over.

Bissellville Estates, a park in Hinsdale with 29 mobile homes, sold for $600,000. Residents borrowed an additional $180,000 to make improvements like cleaning up oil contamination and fixing electrical equipment.

Gary Bird, a resident leader who has lived at the park for 15 years, said he and his neighbors feel a sense of relief.

“So now that we're in control of the situation," he said, "it just feels good to know that there's none of that lingering over our heads."

Read the rest at WBUR


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