According to officials, the park has a long history of sewage system failures, and as a result, raw sewage and solid waste have become a public health concern on the property. "This is the first time we've done anything of this scale in Ingham County," said Christine Hendrickson of the Ingham County Health Department. "There are some ongoing issues here and our job as the county health department is to protect the public's health, and if there are ongoing issues that haven't been resolved or addressed, we have to take action."
Starting at about 9:30 Tuesday morning, health department officials went door-to-door handing out notices to residents about the condemnation. The owner of the park has 10 days to shut down operations, and residents must evacuate the property within that time period. A cease-and-desist order was posted on the mobile home park's main office door, citing unsanitary conditions, lack of approved sewage disposal and lack of approved license as some of the reasons for closing.
"This is basically the only place we can live that is available that we could move into," said Elizabeth Hackney. "But I never thought [he would] ever giving us a letter saying it's going to be condemned."
The property manager at Life O'Riley would not comment for this story.
The City of Lansing held a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church to help residents with the relocation process. Two more meetings will be held at Cristo Rey on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Residents can call 517-483-4477 if they have questions or need transportation.