Glasgow Court mobile home park problems persist

Rezoning notice at the entrance to Glasgow Court.

The problems of the Glasgow Court mobile home park and its tenants are continuing.

Ongoing coverage by WDELof the site off Route 40 in Bear has chronicled long-running difficulties facing tenants and continuing battles with New Castle County.

The mobile home park appeared to come close to a sheriff’s sale last year over unpaid sewer bills, WDEL reported. The owner did get a discounted bill in a dispute over a sewer leak.

In 2018, Artesian Water threatened to cut off the water, due to an unpaid bill. The balance was later paid.

Most recently, the countyhas wrestled with the issue of relocated mobile homes, where work was not completed, according to WDEL.

Work on HVAC systems and other areas was not completed by the contractor, who WDEL identified as the husband of mobile home park owner Kelli DiSabatino.

One tenant at the park claimed his lot rent was increased to $650 a month. He remained in a mobile home without heat at the time of the report. The tenant said he is caught in a tough situation, with the owner able to claim the unit unfit for occupancy and the county forcing him out if a code violation was reported.

The mobile homes were moved, due to plans to make the large tract into a mixed-use community.

Delaware Business Now was the first to report in 2017, that the proposed site was first promoted as the Crossings at Salem, a reference to the park’s location off Salem Church Road in Bear.

In the website, the Crossings at Salem was touted as a new community with shops, a senior living community, apartments, and a sober living center.

A large section of the mobile home park was cleared for possible redevelopment as units proved to be too old and fragile to be relocated. The largely abandoned units had been subject to arson. One entrance to the park in the area of the demolished mobile homes was closed for a time but has since been reopened.

David Tackett, the county councilman representing the area issued the following, “I have faith in our county land use and code departments that they are evaluating and monitoring this situation to assure the health-safety and welfare of the residents in this mobile park.”

Glasgow Court is adjacent to Sparrow Run, a rental community that has been part of long-running efforts by New Castle County and other entities to improve housing stock, cut crime rates add community services and improve the overall quality of life.

Neither Glasgow Court nor Sparrow Run have community centers, pools or other facilities that are often part of rental communities. Both communities are near a long-running Boys and Girls Club location that provide services for young people and a meeting place.

Glasgow Court responded to a request for comment with the following: “We want to present our comment to the proper people. We’ll be in contact with you shortly.”

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Crossings at Salem issues response to Business Now story

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