Nothing but rubble stands where a blighted mobile home once stood near the Clark Avenue entrance to Mimosa Trailer Park. A Municipal Court judge ruled this week that the city can demolish six dilapidated structures on the property.
ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany Municipal Court judge has ordered the owners of a controversial East Albany mobile home park to tear down or remove at least six of the units that have deemed to be a threat to the public’s safety and welfare.
On Wednesday, Municipal Court Judge Ralph Scoccimaro ordered the owners of Mimosa Trailer Park to tear down or remove five units within 14 days and a sixth within 45 days or to step aside and allow the city of Albany to demolish the units.
The city was originally seeking to tear down 10 of the units, but the owner removed or demolished four of the units themselves, City Attorney Nathan Davis said.
Mimosa, located at Mock Road and Clark Avenue, has been trouble for the city’s efforts to weed out the blighted and abandoned mobile homes because the property has changed hands multiple times and now rests with a property investment company in Florida.
“It makes it difficult, but it’s a balancing test,” Davis said. “There is an immediate benefit to the public in removing this blight because it’s in such a visible location. That, in our opinion, outweighs the added trouble of pursuing the owners.”
Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard has long tried to have the city deal with the area, which he says is a haven for drugs, prostitution and gang crimes.
“It’s a good start,” Howard said this week when the court took action. “We just need to finish it off.”
Mimosa Trailer Park is located along one of the city’s most well-traveled thoroughfares, one that likely will grow an effort to place a Clark Avenue extension across the Flint River is approved by the voters. The project is a part of next year’s regional transportation sales tax referendum.