A design firm in Christiansburg that had been handling the rezoning request for Blacksburg Estates Inc., was told to pull it.
For several months, the South Florida owners had discussed how to get the mobile home park rezoned to be more attractive to developers. It's possible no one realized how galvanized a community could become when their homes were at stake.
That news in this neighborhood traveled fast.
Becca Lemon drove out of the park with three kids in the car. I flagged her down and just asked her, "Have you heard the news? The owners have decided to pull the rezoning request. What do you think?"
Lemon looked stunned then smiled and said, ''That's really great for the people that live here cause there's so many people that can't afford to live anywhere else."
Last month, about 100 neighbors from the park, met face to face with the owners who tried to explain how and why they wanted to rezone the property.
Wednesday, the manager of Blacksburg Estates told me quote, "One of the park owners called the design firm this morning and told it to please begin the process to pull the rezoning request."
The 33 acre site is still for sale at just under 8 million dollars but for now, the owners have decided to step back and not ask that the land be rezoned from manufactured to residential. That means for now, the owners will keep the land as a mobile home park and won't sell it to developers.
I saw Mae Arrington with her niece just outside her mobile home. I told her the news, the owners said it was too much doggone hassle. Too many roadblocks, too many people.
Arrington shot back, "I would say that we were the roadblocks. Well we've all tried to come together as a community and we've all tried to support each other and everything because this is our home!"
About 250 people live in Blacksburg Estates, most are on fixed incomes. Many say if they'd been forced to move, they'd have nowhere to go.
The owners of a Blacksburg mobile home park will pull their request to rezone and develop the property.
Michael Clifford, the manager of Blacksburg Estates, told WDBJ7 the owners of the property decided Wednesday to pull the rezoning request. Clifford said one of the owners of the property cited "too many roadblocks." That owner, Donald Carter, told Clifford that he had instructed an architectural firm helping with the rezoning to begin pulling the request today. As of 1:00 p.m., no paperwork had yet been filed with the town.
The owners of the property had asked the Town of Blacksburg to rezone the site from manufactured housing to planned residential. About 250 people currently live there in dozens of mobile homes.