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October 6, 2012

Sabre Park changes hands

Bought: Mobile home complex bought at auction by mall affiliate.


Tonawanda News — But amongst the paint-marked trailers with broken windows and stripped siding sit well-kept homes with bushy green gardens, still lived in and loved by their owners.

Inside one such home, a squat house with tan siding and brown shutters, sat Judi Dinsmore late Friday morning.  

Looking contemplative and defeated, she spoke to this reporter about the troubles she fears are on the horizon.

Dinsmore’s 22-year-old son Michael is disabled and bound to a wheel chair. He has a long list of medical needs and visits doctors throughout the region regularly. The Town of Niagara location was ideal for Michael because it is centrally located to the many places that Dinsmore needs to take him, she said.

”Never in my life would I have though that I would have the dirt sold out from under me,” Dinsmore said.

Dinsmore’s home is a double wide trailer and the only parks that she could find that would accept it, both because of its size and age, were far away, she said.

Michael, a cancer survivor who received a kidney transplant last February sometimes has to go to Erie County Medical Center for treatment, Dinsmore said.

”Everything for him is right here,” Dinsmore said. “Why would I want to take him out into the sticks.”

Like Robert Kehoe, the park resident who was at the morning auction, Dinsmore expects to either be evicted or not offered a new lease.

”By this time next year there’s probably going to be a parking lot here,” Dinsmore said.

Dinsmore’s home is specially equipped with widened doors and a wheelchair ramp, built by Michael’s father, she said. 

”We put a lot of work into it,” Dinsmore said. “All we had left to do was the two driveways and the shed.”

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