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March 24, 2013

As Sabre Park crumbles around them, the few remaining residents deal with frustration of situation

As Sabre Park crumbles around them, the few remaining residents deal with frustration

Niagara Gazette — The houses that still stand in the Sabre Park mobile home community will soon be replaced by retailers and parking lots.

The company that owns the adjacent Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, Macerich Partnership L.P., purchased the park and is in the process of evicting residents to make way for a $71 million expansion. Many park residents are gone — the company incentivized an early exit offering to pay people who left by March 1 — but a handful of homeowners remain.

One such hold out is Judi Dinsmore who told the Gazette that she isn’t going anywhere before her lease runs out in the middle of November.

“This was supposed to be my forever home,” she explains.

When the Gazette spoke with Dinsmore in October, on the day that the company used a subsidiary to buy the park from itself at a tax lien auction, she seemed hopeful she might be able to stay in her home.

“We’ll stay right here and see what happens,” Judi said then. “Doors open and close all the time.”

But now Judi has accepted defeat. She realizes there is almost no hope that anything will happen between now and November that will allow her to keep her house. She is still seeking a new place that is suitable for her 22-year-old son, Michael Dinsmore, and herself.

While driving through the park to tally the remaining houses, a Gazette reporter came across a note taped to the inside of a window of a faded yellow mobile home with brown paint chipping off the window sills.

Scrawled on the computer paper in black marker was this ominous remark: “15 men on a dead man’s ship. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.”

Judi shares that sentiment — hopelessness.

“We know it’s a sinking ship and we know we have to get out,” she said.

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