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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Aspen Heights only potential buyer speaking up for Regency residents

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 7:19 p.m. CST

Over the past several weeks, misinformation has been presented to the students who attend the University of Missouri and to the people of the Columbia.

At Aspen Heights Inc., we are committed to putting the needs of people first, and that has been at the forefront of what is hopefully our newest development in Columbia.

At each of our Aspen Heights locations, we also have an innovative program that helps provide housing and education for children in Africa.

We want to set the record straight and provide the facts in regards to our purchase of Regency of Missouri and the people who reside in that community.

Three weeks ago, the seller of Regency of Missouri served each mobile home owner and tenant with eviction notices. When Aspen Heights Inc. discovered that families and members of this community were going to be forced out of their homes in the dead of winter, we strongly opposed these actions.

The Columbia City Council just recently passed an ordinance that requires residents of a closing mobile home community to have a specific timeline to relocate.

Because of the particular timeline, the ordinance will not apply to Regency of Missouri. However, Aspen Heights Inc. will honor that ordinance.

With our purchase of this particular property, we would give the residents at Regency of Missouri an additional two to three months from the February closing date to relocate. We would offer individuals up to $3,500 based on the mobile home size.

Families with school-age children would even be given the opportunity to move out as late as May 31, 2012.

Without Aspen Heights Inc. purchasing this land, none of this would be possible. Families would have been forced to move out in harsh circumstances.

On Tuesday night, we held a “town forum” style meeting for the residents at Regency of Missouri. At this particular meeting, about 60 of 70 tenants signed on to accept our proposal to offer funding and extend the relocation timeline.

The residents have spoken for themselves in support of Aspen Heights Inc.  If the City Council does not vote in favor of Aspen Heights Inc. on Monday the trailer park will still close in late February, and everyone associated with the community will be forced to relocate with no compensation.

Aspen Heights is not responsible for forcing members of the community out in February. It must be made clear that Aspen Heights Inc. is the only prospective buyer speaking up for these residents by working with each of them and meeting their needs.

Regardless of this sale, Regency of Missouri will close. Aspen Heights Inc. is the only buyer that will meet the requested needs of the individuals living in this community.

In regard to the student organization competition on Facebook, Aspen Heights is committed to supporting and gathering support from student organizations at all campuses we provide housing to.

At every Aspen Heights location, we facilitate these types of unique marketing efforts to get students excited about our commitment to invest in a campus culture. In the coming months, we will be offering a variety of exciting ways for even more students to take part in the Aspen Heights revolution.

Please reference myaspenheights.com and aspenheightsafrica.com for additional information.

As we move forward, we are committed to ensuring that the residents at Regency of Missouri will be given the respect and means to relocate that each deserves.

We believe in the University of Missouri, the people of Columbia, and we are excited about the opportunity to create jobs and work closely with this great community.

Greg Henry is chief executive officer of Aspen Heights Inc.


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