'Eyesore' RV Park Residents Fret Over Move
Despite threats of eviction, residents of Crystal Springs Campground continued living on the North Ridgeville, Ohio, property through Saturday night (April 6), the Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, reported.
Signs of life were visible from Bagley Road — lights were on inside several campers, and one camper even had outside lights strung across the upper rim of an RV’s roof.
Tenants were given five days to leave the campground via a letter dated April 1.
“We know we have to go, but these are our homes,” Don Harvey, a 10-year resident of the campground said. “It was a rude letter, delivered by a man wearing a bulletproof vest.”
Redwood Management, a Beachwood firm, recently bought the campground to expand its nearby Ridgecrest Luxury Apartments.
Harvey doesn’t understand the draw to have apartments backed up against the active Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and the Ohio Turnpike.
“Redwood Management and the mayor say our campground is an ‘eyesore’ … to us, those are an eyesore,” Harvey said, referring to the similar-looking single-story homes being built across the pond. “Variety is the spice of life.”
Harvey also serves as the property’s maintenance man and has been helping his neighbors hook up their RVs to vehicles knowing they have to leave.
“I helped a girl today, and she called me from New Castle, Pa., and she’s happy,” Harvey said as he worked inside the campground’s garage.
However, not everyone is so agreeable to packing up and moving.
One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said so far, no action has taken place — there have been no phone calls, no police enforcement or trespassing violations.
“I am not worried. They can’t make me move,” the man said Saturday night before entering his camper.
In another Chronicle-Telegram story, an attorney for the firm that owns the Crystal Springs Campground said a possible solution could be coming for tenants.
Michael D. Linn, an attorney with Powers Friedman Linn, which represents Redwood Management, said if he can get all the tenants on board, an extension could be offered.
“We’re willing to come to the table to talk about that,” Linn said.
Meanwhile, North Ridgeville Assistant Law Director Toni Morgan said the city cannot intervene because campgrounds are regulated by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, not municipalities.
“We don’t have jurisdiction, and that essentially ties our hands,” she said.