County officials are escalating efforts to evict low-income tenants in a Woodbridge mobile home park they say is unsafe, as the park’s lawyers continue to seek a resolution in court.
Holly Acres Mobile Home Park, off Route 1 in Woodbridge, has been the subject of a legal tussle in Prince William County since Tropical Storm Lee swept through the area in September. That storm inundated the area, caused massive flooding, wiped out trailers and left dozens homeless.
Holly Acres owner Hank Ridge has sued the county for $8 million, alleging officials have improperly barred him from rebuilding on the site. The county has said that it would be unsafe to rebuild a community that has had so many flooding problems.
The latest dispute is over eight mobile homes that were condemned by Prince William officials after the tropical storm. Since January, the owner and property manager have allowed residents to repair the homes and move back in, connecting the mobile homes to water and sewer service while running power cords to them from units hooked up to the power grid. They say they are not charging them rent to live there.