INDUSTRY – The owners of a 457-unit Hacienda Heights mobile home park are worried that a recent move by the Industry City Council could threaten access to their facility. Industry recently invoked the power of eminent domain over most business areas of the city, which gives it power to force property owners to sell them their land. Although the eminent domain area included no homes, the City Council voted to include Wildwood Drive and the Wildwood Mobile Country Club’s golf course, the only parts of the mobile home community in Industry city limits. The rest of Wildwood is in Hacienda Heights. Theoretically, the city now has the power to force Wildwood’s owners to sell the street and golf course, which would eliminate the only road to the club. “It’s true they didn’t include any homes in the area, but they might as well have,” said Thomas Barrington, an attorney for Wildwood. “Because we would have to take out houses and build an entire new road if they were to take that land. We do not want to fight with Industry, but we need some sort of guarantee from them that they won’t take that road.” Industry Mayor Dave Perez said the city would work with the country club. “Hopefully what we’ll do is make a special agreement with them that would keep that land as a private road and a golf course as long as it is a mobile home park,” he said. Because Perez’s disposal business, Valley Vista Services, also was included in the eminent-domain area, he was not able to participate in the Dec. 8 vote that enacted eminent domain power. Neither was Councilman John P. Ferrero, whose ranching business was in the area. The measure was approved by the three remaining council members – Paul Bielec, Phillip Marcellin and Jeff Parriot. Before the vote, Bielec said he wanted to make sure the homes at the country club were not in danger. Members of the city’s staff assured him that they were working to make an arrangement to keep the road. After the meeting, Barrington said the city seemed willing to cut a deal with the club. He added that he doubts the the city’s claim of blight would stand up in court. “They have just a very generic description of blight in their findings,” he said of a packet of information handed out by city officials at the meeting. “There is nothing specific in there that shows why this area would be considered blighted.” Residents said they had no idea Industry officials wanted the power of eminent domain on the road. Barrington was the only one at the meeting who objected to the establishiment of eminent domain. “We hadn’t heard about this at all,” said Mary Engberg, 68, who has lived at the park for 20 years. “We residents all play bingo on Friday, and we’re going to be doing some talking.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!