Meet Justice 4 North Fork resident demands

Joanne Fraley, Patrick Madden, Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown, and Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark

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Patrick Madden ---a wealthy Lexington developer---conspired with local governments to evict an entire neighborhood of over 100 people. Last month, the residents of North Fork Mobile Home Park were told to be out by April 30th. They were only given 45 days to attempt to relocate their mobile homes---which is a massive and expensive undertaking that risks the destruction of the home entirely.  

Patrick Madden is eliminating a neighborhood to build a $32 million retail site across the street from Morehead’s Kroger Center which currently houses 15 stores. Our shameful local officials have even given Madden millions of dollars in future Rowan County taxes. This project was also rushed through with almost no public knowledge. But North Fork residents are pushing back!

Justice 4 North Fork, a campaign led by residents of North Fork mobile home park and former residents who were displaced because of impending development, demands the following:


1. More time. We should be granted until at least September 30 to vacate our lots at North Fork mobile home park.

2. Financial compensation and protection.
- All current residents and former residents who vacated North Fork mobile home park because of the impending development should be compensated $10,000 for hardship, moving costs, and other losses incurred by displacement. This should be in the form of direct payments with no strings attached.
- Residents unable to move their trailer due to age or condition--including such residents who have already vacated--should be compensated $15,000. This, too, should be in the form of direct payments with no strings attached.
- All outstanding rent and property taxes are to be forgiven or paid by a third party.
If a resident must abandon their home, they will be free of incurring any expenses for the demolition of said home, with such costs either waved or paid for by a third party.

3. Respect.
- We have been misled, lied to, and mistreated throughout the process of the sale of the land we live on. As such, we demand a public apology from the former landlord (Fraley Commercial Properties, LLC), the new developer (Patrick Madden), and members of local government who facilitated the land’s transfer.
- The new development on the land on which we currently reside should feature a mural commemorating the North Fork mobile home park community, with all decisions about mural design and location made with the input and informed consent of former residents of North Fork mobile home park.

4. Protection for our neighbors. A portion of revenues generated by the “Development Area”--i.e., the land on which North Fork mobile home park sits--should be allocated to a fund dedicated to preventing the displacement of residents of Morehead.

Petition by
Justice4 NorthFork
Lexington, Kentucky

To: Joanne Fraley, Patrick Madden, Morehead Mayor Laura White-Brown, and Rowan County Judge Executive Harry Clark
From: [Your Name]

Justice 4 North Fork, a campaign led by residents of North Fork mobile home park and former residents who were displaced because of impending development, demands the following:

1. More time. We should be granted until at least September 30 to vacate our lots at North Fork mobile home park.

2. Financial compensation and protection.
- All current residents and former residents who vacated North Fork mobile home park because of the impending development should be compensated $10,000 for hardship, moving costs, and other losses incurred by displacement. This should be in the form of direct payments with no strings attached.
- Residents unable to move their trailer due to age or condition--including such residents who have already vacated--should be compensated $15,000. This, too, should be in the form of direct payments with no strings attached.
- All outstanding rent and property taxes are to be forgiven or paid by a third party.
If a resident must abandon their home, they will be free of incurring any expenses for the demolition of said home, with such costs either waved or paid for by a third party.

3. Respect.
- We have been misled, lied to, and mistreated throughout the process of the sale of the land we live on. As such, we demand a public apology from the former landlord (Fraley Commercial Properties, LLC), the new developer (Patrick Madden), and members of local government who facilitated the land’s transfer.
- The new development on the land on which we currently reside should feature a mural commemorating the North Fork mobile home park community, with all decisions about mural design and location made with the input and informed consent of former residents of North Fork mobile home park.

4. Protection for our neighbors. A portion of revenues generated by the “Development Area”--i.e., the land on which North Fork mobile home park sits--should be allocated to a fund dedicated to preventing the displacement of residents of Morehead.