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."