Eldorado Manufactured Home Court Switches Owners

By Christian Heilman

Published 08/01 2014 06:05PM

Updated 08/01 2014 06:13PM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY -- Residents in the Eldorado Mobile Home Community were facing an uncertain future until a meeting on Friday morning.
Dotty Closson has lived in Eldorado Mobile Home Court for 23 years and was worried when she found out it was going to switch owners.
Closson added, "We were really concerned about putting the rent up real high because we're all senior citizens."
Frank Laganella, who also lives in the community, said, “If they lower the rent or raise the rent a lot, lower the age, we could get people in that not's going to be part of our community.”
This morning, dozens of people who live there showed up to a meeting with the new owner, trinity property group. They say their goal is to keep things the same.
Chip Leaver, president of Trinity Poperty Group, said "Their life as they know it so to speak is going to remain what they're familiar with and what they're used to."
And it's what the company is used to doing. They own communities up and down the east coast, including Independence Place in Duncansville.
Leaver said, "We have no desire to change this community at all. The only changes we want to make is to improve the lives of the people who live here."
And that's a relief to Dotty and the other residents who call Eldorado home.
Laganella said, "I thanked them for coming out because I think that was a big step. They didn't leave everybody in the dark. "
Dotty Closson, Longtime Resident, said, "They're keeping everything the same, which I really appreciate."
The new owner says he's going to honor current leases and treat residents fairly in the future.

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