November 26, 2014

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Deadline passes, campers not evicted from North Ridgeville land

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Despite threats of eviction, residents of Crystal Springs Campground continued living on the North Ridgeville property through Saturday night.

Signs of life were visible from Bagley Road — lights were on inside several campers, and one camper even had outside lights strung across the upper rim of an RV’s roof.

Tenants were given five days to leave the campground via a letter dated April 1.

“We know we have to go, but these are our homes,” Don Harvey, a 10-year resident of the campground said. “It was a rude letter, delivered by a man wearing a bulletproof vest.”

Redwood Management, a Beachwood firm, recently bought the campground to expand its nearby Ridgecrest Luxury Apartments.

Harvey doesn’t understand the draw to have apartments backed up against the active Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and the Ohio Turnpike.

“Redwood Management and the mayor say our campground is an ‘eyesore’ … to us, those are an eyesore,” Harvey said, referring to the similar-looking single-story homes being built across the pond. “Variety is the spice of life.”

Harvey also serves as the property’s maintenance man and has been helping his neighbors hook up their RVs to vehicles knowing they have to leave.

“I helped a girl today, and she called me from New Castle, Pa., and she’s happy,” Harvey said as he worked inside the campground’s garage.

Harvey said another resident will be packing up and leaving tomorrow.

However, not everyone is so agreeable to packing up and moving.

One man, who wished to remain anonymous, said so far, no action has taken place — there have been no phone calls, no police enforcement or trespassing violations.

“I am not worried. They can’t make me move,” the man said Saturday night before entering his camper.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7155 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com.