With a little more than a month before residents at Lake Diversion have to be off the property, many have already packed up and moved anything they can take.
Back in August, residents at Lake Diversion received eviction notices they must get off their leased land by the end of January.
Attorneys representing the new owner, billionaire Stan Kroenke told them no leases would be renewed and to remove their homes and property, or the Waggoner Estate would dispose of them.
Resident Mickey Jordan said his place at Lake Diversion was always a place where many people felt like home.
Now, seeing it empty, just makes him sick.
“I’m just ready for it to be over,” Jordan said.
Jordan is now packing up his last memories in this Lake Diversion home.
“It’s been like a death in the family, taking care of stuff and putting stuff away. There’s so many memories around here.”
The main part of the home was built in 1943. In 2005, he purchased it and made it his own, which he called Casablanca.
And it was home to 50s and 60s themed parties and get-togethers with his friends. He hosted 4 each year. The last one was on Labor Day.
“When it was over and everyone had gone home and we’d taken all the pictures we wanted to. And I went to the back yard and turned out the lights and kind of sat down on the lawn chair and looked at the drive-in screen. It was over. The party was over and that was just awful, because you thought it was something that would go on forever.”
And those pictures will remind him of the memories of his Casablanca on Lake Diversion.
“I’m glad that we took that the time to take the time to take pictures and stuff because that’s all we have now.”
A thought he said he never saw coming.
“Two years ago at Christmas, you’d said what are you going to be doing, I would’ve never thought this. Never thought packing it all up and taking it and putting it into storage.”
Jordan said less than 100 residents are still packing up their homes and a few left messages behind for Kroenke.
Jordan said he will come back one last time before he and others will be considered trespassers.
“I go back to school in January and I plan to come back the last week in January and be here one last time. It’s surreal to think something that you’ve always done your whole life, you’re never going to be able to do again.”
Jordan said his parents’ property has been removed from the lake and he has plans on selling a new wing of the home.