Roadrunner Lake Resort, a 55-plus mobile home park on land owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community, will close Aug. 4, according to the park management company.
The park, near McDowell and Scottsdale roads, opened in 1969 with a 25-year lease from the tribal community. The lease was later extended for 25 years.
The closure of the park is due to the fact that the lease is about to expire and the tribal community has no intention of renewing it again.
Arizona Communities, which operates the park, said in a statement that the company is “deeply disappointed on behalf of park residents that they are being forced to relocate.”
On July 11, signs were posted around the park, informing residents that they would be required to move out by August 4, and from August 5, “anyone remaining on the property will be trespassing”.
All residents must be out by Aug. 4 or they will be evicted and “no extensions will be granted,” said Kim Secakuku, spokesperson for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
She said the park management company was notified in November 2015 that the lease was set to expire.
Residents knew the lease was expiring and many have been moving out since early 2018, said Robert Rice, an attorney for Wenner Management, which owns and operates the park as Arizona Communities LC.
He said more than 80% of tenants had already moved out.
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The park was almost fully occupied at the start of 2018, with more than 600 spaces occupied and about 1,000 residents, Rice said. He estimates that in mid-July, only 66 spaces in the park are still occupied.
Rice said some of the people who stay are considering moving, but others “don’t show any signs of leaving the park yet.”
He said the management company helps residents by buying their homes and providing independent financial assistance.
The management company also helped them find other parks, referred them to movers and helped them find independent buyers, Rice added.
Secakuku said renters may also be eligible to receive funds through the Arizona Department of Housing.