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June 7, 2007

Albany -- Nearly half the families who live in an East Albany mobile home park that's shutting down to make way for a Wal Mart have already moved out.

Thursday Julian Ruiz's mobile home was trucked out of the Georgian Mobile Home Estates lot where it sat for more than 12 years. The family of 9 is moving to another mobile home park on Philema Road.

All the people who live at this park on Cordele Road found out last month they have to move by July 31st. City officials say the site is being considered by Wal Mart for a new supercenter, and the land owner wants it vacant.

Many of the residents are already gone. Park Manager Richard Hobbs said "I imagine probably about a third of them are gone already, or maybe half. They are moving out pretty fast."

Many of the people who live at the park can't afford to move their trailers, or don't think they are worth it.

Some are selling the trailers to metal salvaging companies for a couple of hundred dollars, or stripping the wiring and metal siding off the homes themselves.

 Park owners say everyone has to be gone by August First, when they will start bulldozing the site.

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