Lowry Grove residents at court

A Lowry Grove recap: Residents are still fighting to keep their homes

As of today, Lowry Grove residents are still waiting to hear their fate — they are still fighting to keep their homes. If you’ve recently joined the conversation or have missed the most recent updates, scan through our quick recap of the main events occurring from April until now.

April and May: Residents of St. Anthony’s Lowry Grove mobile home park received a letter stating the park’s land was to be sold. Instead of packing, residents like Antonia Alvarez chose to stay and fight back by rallying her neighbors and campaigning for the cause. Under the right of first refusal, Alvarez discovered a way to save her and her neighbors’ homes. They just needed six million dollars in 45 days to match the buyer’s offer.

For more details: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/06/10/lowry-grove-mobile-home-funding

June: Aeon submits a counter purchase agreement on behalf of the residents, but Phil Johnson, owner of the Lowry Grove, sells the land to Continental Property Group one business day later. Aeon and Antonia Alvarez file a lawsuit with Hennepin County District Court on June 27th to preserve the manufactured home park.

For more details: http://www.aeonmn.org/blog/2016/08/lowry-grove-lawsuit-status/

http://www.lillienews.com/articles/2016/06/22/lowry-grove-sold-fate-residents-still-unclear

Latest News: On September 8, 2016, Lowry Grove residents and their neighbors marched to the St. Anthony City Council hearing, expecting to learn their fate. Instead, the hearing was extended, largely because the lawsuit is still unsettled. The City Council will continue the hearing when more information is available about the status of the park.

Lowry Grove residents hugging after City Council hearing.

Lowry Grove residents hugging after City Council hearing.

For more details: http://www.fox9.com/news/203849672-story

Aeon continues to stand alongside Lowry Grove residents in this fight. Stay tuned to learn the court’s final decision.


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  • Luann Zappa says:

    SI SE PUEDE!!! Yes, we continue to fight. Our community is a loving, caring, hard-working group of diversity and sameness. And we are fighting together as one. We may not speak the same language, but we have the same hearts and home is important to us. Just like it is important to everyone we are reaching out to for support. Thank you AEON and Allen for all of the hard work and support. God has given us all a special gift.

  • Cindy Taillefer says:

    Thank you for posting this update. Housing affordability is one of the great issues of our day. Not only do few people have the luxury of the “American Dream” of home ownership, even renting is getting less and less affordable.
    Although I am not a resident of Lowry Grove, I looked at a home there last year. I decided not to buy, specifically because the land is beginning to be sold underneath mobile homes, destroying the value of the investment and more importantly, the community and possibly homes. Forty-five days is an impossible hurdle for low income mobile-home owners, but you pulled off a miracle! That surprise legal move has to be respected, and I hope that you not only win your case, but more realistic regulations are passed to help mobile home owners keep their homes and investments. My prayers are for you all!


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