Troubled Hillyard mobile home park changes name and ownership



Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 12:22 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Easy Acres Mobile Home Village in starting to get a new look in North Spokane. Nearby businesses have complained in the past about too much crime near the property, but the new owner is making an effort to clean up.

The new owner of the mobile home park in Hillyard spent a week in September removing garbage and improving the land. He said his hopes were to clean up the property and reputation that comes with it.

There was a suspicious fire in early August at the former Wishing Well Mobile Home Park. Guns shots were fired later in the month during a fight. Then the park got a new owner.

"The metamorphosis I'll call it will be actually quite quick," said Harry Wildgen, the new owner.

Wildgen was on his own tractor on Friday clearing the land north of the park. He said he plans to build a fence and add gates to make residence feel safer.

"I've been fortunate," Wildgen said, "right here in Hillyard we have some good vendors."

He said he believes the changes will help his tenants but also support local businesses.

"It makes me feel good to provide what I know is needed," Wildgen said.

Wildgen planned projects around the property for the next several months. He has been removing tires and other junk left and bringing in new mobile homes.

"From the demographics we've studied here, there's high demand for this," Wildgen said.

And while he's putting in a lot of money into the park, he said he believed that it will become a better business and home by 2014.