February 20, 2020

Redwood City: Mobile home community reeling from notice of closure


REDWOOD CITY — Shell-shocked and anxious, mobile home residents near Redwood City are still reeling after suddenly receiving a notice that the owners of the park hope to sell the site to make way for apartments.

Nearly all of the dozens of families who live in the park’s 137 lots are Spanish-speaking cleaners and gardeners or office workers and long-time Redwood City seniors seeking to stay in the community. Fearing for their future in the Bay Area, neighbors in Bayshore Villa don’t know where they will go or what they will do if plans move forward to build apartments on the trailer park site.

Bayshore Villa families aren’t alone: hundreds of mobile home dwellers across Silicon Valley face similar fears of being kicked out of their homes as developers eye the properties as prime places to add new, market-rate housing and mixed-use developments to keep up with the Bay Area’s ever-increasing demand.

REDWOOD CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Some residents of Bayshore Villa trailer park are photographed in the property on an unincorporated San Mateo county land near Redwood City, California, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The owner has given a 15-month notice to its largely Spanish-speaking residents that they plan to close the park and redevelop it into apartments. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

REDWOOD CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Some residents of Bayshore Villa trailer park are photographed in the property on an unincorporated San Mateo county land near Redwood City, California, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The owner has given a 15-month notice to its largely Spanish-speaking residents that they plan to close the park and redevelop it into apartments. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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REDWOOD CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 12: A driver turns the car around at Bayshore Villa trailer park in an unincorporated San Mateo county land near Redwood City, California, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The owner has given a 15-month notice to its largely Spanish-speaking residents that they plan to close the park and redevelop it into apartments. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

REDWOOD CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Guadalupe Esquivel, left, talks to her neighbors as Maria Esqueda looks on at Bayshore Villa trailer park on an unincorporated San Mateo county land near Redwood City, California, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. Esquivel’s been a residents for the last 11 years, she says, while Esqueda 10. Their future is uncertain after the trailer park owner has given them a 15-month notice that they plan to close the park and redevelop it into apartments. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

REDWOOD CITY, CA – FEBRUARY 12: Some residents of Bayshore Villa trailer park are photographed in the property on an unincorporated San Mateo county land near Redwood City, California, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The owner has given a 15-month notice to its largely Spanish-speaking residents that they plan to close the park and redevelop it into apartments. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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