The state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a two-month reprieve for the Hillcrest Mobile Home Park in Duanesburg, allowing residents to remain past the original April deadline to vacate the property.
Spokeswoman Lori O’Connell said the extension until June was provided for in the consent order the DEC issued in October for the 53 sites located off Western Turnpike. She said the agency approved the extension this week after “finding good cause for the request.”
In December, park residents received a letter from Morgan Management, the Rochester-area company that owns the property, indicating the park would need to cease discharging from the existing wastewater treatment system, which releases treated effluent into the Normanskill Creek. The letter offered residents up to $4,000 to relocate their homes to one of three Morgan Management properties in Porter Corners and Ballston Spa in Saratoga County.
News of the extension comes amid rumors that Morgan Management is preparing to sell Hillcrest to a buyer that would fix the ailing sanitary system and keep the park open. Park Manager Richard Dickershaid said Monday he was aware of such talks, but declined to speculate if a deal was in the works.
O’Connell said any prospective buyer of the park would be required to demonstrate a financial ability to fix the sanitary problem before the consent order could be lifted. So far, she said the DEC hasn’t received any formal proposals outlining this ability.
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