“What happens when the people who care start moving out and the only ones left are the ones who don’t care?” - Ellen Mershon
200 of the 500 homes are rental properties
Ellen Mershon has lived in Loveland for twenty-four years, and she told Loveland City Council last Tuesday that forty per-cent of the housing in Loveland Heights where she lives, has become rental property. After she made that statement she said, “So, I’ll just let that sink in a little bit.” Then, she paused before continuing.
“I love Loveland and love the community I live in, but, that’s not why I am here today. I’m here to advocate for my neighborhood.”
“After the housing market collapsed we have had more than our share of challenges,” said Mershon. “Our neighborhood has reached a tipping point moment that going to be happening soon. Things are going downhill.” She told the elected officials that there is a possible opportunity for some real blight to occur.
Mershon held up a stack of police incident reports from just one of the rental properties she is concerned about. It was twenty-six pages long. “Twenty-six pages in three years. This is what I live next to every day,” she said.
Mershon said that she and her husband are looking forward to retiring, and retiring in Loveland and having more time to contribute even more to the community. She said that the little house they own would be a great home to retire in. “But we are just not sure we want to stay in the Heights any more. I’m just going to be honest with you. I know a lot of people and unfortunately, they’re saying the same thing.”