Chesterfield trailer park closing, residents worried for future

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – After more than 30 years, the Flippo Trailer Park along Jeff Davis Highway is closing. Last year it was sold and the new owners want everyone out, but at least one resident, 79-year-old Jimmie Hudson has no place to live.

"They went in there and took the sink out," said Jimmie Hudson. "They took the doors off and took the windows out."

Now that the Flippo Trailer Park is closing, people are snatching everything including the kitchen sink.

"They stripped all the metal off of it, to sell the metal," he said.

The new property managers, Whittle-Roper Realtors, posted a sign more than a month ago. All residents must be removed by September 30. The only problem, it costs thousands to re-locate a trailer home.

Jimmie Hudson: "About $4,200."
Melissa Correa: "Just to move it?"
Jimmie Hudson: "Just to move it and set it back up."

Jimmie lives on a fixed income. He just doesn't have that kind of money.

"From the people that I've talked to, most of them have been saying they're going to leave the trailers. They can't afford to move them," said Jimmie.

But after more than 30 years here, his things and three pets are too valuable to the 79-year-old to abandon. In addition to not having the money, Jimmie's trailer is more than 30 years old and he says most parks won't take a trailer that old.

"Most of them don't take any trailers over 10-12-15 years old," he said.

The senior citizen wishes the new owners could help him somehow. Calls to the realty group went unanswered Wednesday. Jimmie suspects the trailer park is closing due to the makeover along the Jeff Davis Highway. He's heard that new condos and town homes will replace the old trailers.

"I think it's a good idea but at the same time it's pretty hard to come up with $4,000 to move and then trying to find a place to move to," Jimmie said.

Only three trailers have been moved; 10 have been torn down. As for the abandoned ones- they're gutted. Jimmie and his remaining neighbors are now focused on figuring out their future.

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