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Long-time residents forced to move from waterfront mobile home park

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Neighbors in a waterfront mobile home park will have to pack up and move after decades of living there. 

The Riverside Mobile Home Park is one of the least expensive areas to live along Mountain Island Lake.

And that's why neighbors say moving will put them in a bind.

Carol Pietras says it's hard to believe she'll have to move by the end of the year.

For the past 14 years, the Riverside Mobile Home Park has been her paradise.

"We had all just planned on staying here, so we updated our homes, renovated," said Pietras.

But last month, residents received a letter from the property owner giving them 30 days to move because the land is being sold.

"That put everybody into a panic here, you can't imagine what's it's like if somebody gives you 30 days to move everything here," said neighbor Roger Greenspan.

Neighbors fought back and got an extension.

Now they have until December to move, but Greenspan says he planned to retire here.

"This is the greatest place to live in the county and you can't find an inexpensive place to live on any of the lakes anymore, so this was a real find," said Greenspan.

WBTV contacted a family member of the property owner-- Elbert Associates. She declined to be interviewed, but told us the land is under contract with Mecklenburg County.  It turns out the original owner wished to have it turned into a park once the family's heirs could no longer care for it.

County officials tell WBTV the property is under contract for $420,000, but it's not clear yet what type of park will be built.

Resident's say they understand the family has every right to sell the property, but having to start all over will be tough.

"Some of these places can't be moved, some of them can, some of them has to be sold and it's tough on these people, we've been here for so long, we're a close knit community," said Pietras.

County officials say the park is still in the development stages and it could be several more years before it's built.

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