Longtime Land Lease Community in North Carolina to Close

The Fayetteville Observer writes that nearly 300 families will be uprooted when Fairlane Acres in Fayetteville, North Carolina, closes later this year.  The Wellons family has had a 50-year lease since the early 1960s, which is near its end, and the land owners will no doubt take advantage of the land’s increased value since the city has grown.  About half of the residents own their own factory-built homes and have until September to move.  The 66 acres has over 500 home sites, and is just a few minutes from the Fort Bragg Army Base, but has not been near capacity since the 1980s.  Other community owners have offered to pay for residents to move their homes upon signing a year’s lease.  Some live on fixed incomes and do not have the resources to replace skirting, steps and utility hook-up fees upon arriving at a new community, although a number of homes have already moved to other communities.  Local officials say there is no assistance program to help the displaced move their homes.  City Demographer David Nash says in 2009 there were 3,474 factory-built homes located in several communities in Fayetteville.  Johnny Wellons, Jr., owner of Fairlane, said it’s like losing part of your life.

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