FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – The trailer park where Aliahna Lemmon was killed changed its name to one that is similar to another mobile home park down the street, causing people to stray away.
INC told you about it first: the trailer park where 9-year-old Aliahna Lemmon was killed turned out to be ground zero for sex offenders. It was called Northway Mobile Home Park, but has since changed its name to Dupont Triangle. That name has caused some problems for a nearby mobile home park with a similar name—Dupont Estates.
Dupont Estates is down the street from the mobile home park little Aliahna once called home, but Samantha Scanlon, Park Manager at Dupont Estates, wants people to know it's not the same place.
“For the record we are not affiliated with them in any way,” said Scanlon.
Scanlon says Dupont Estates was established over 40 years ago. It’s located on Dupont and Old Woods roads, just blocks from Dupont Triangle on N. Clinton St. and Diebold Rd. In an exclusive interview, Scanlon told INC there's been "negative issues" surrounding the community, and that people have been getting them confused with Dupont Triangle. Because of that, it's been challenging to fill the 60 vacant lots and 25 available mobile homes in the neighborhood. It’s the similar names that are making things difficult.
“To help remove that assumption, we just try any avenue available to us to make sure that everybody knows we are Dupont Estates. We are very established and we just do our best to be the kind of community that we can be proud of, and that's what makes us stand out,” she said.
Scanlon says they do a lot of community outreach activities like back-to-school dances, bingo nights, and picnics. They also hold yearly fundraisers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
“We all work together. We have residents that participate on committees. We have a lot of parents who are active with our local schools,” she said. “I would say it’s a tight-knit community. Everybody knows everybody and we’re all very supportive of each other. It’s just a great place to call home.”
Scanlon says this year’s MDA fundraiser includes a carnival where she will be in a dunk tank. Dupont Estates is also holding an open house Saturday, July 14. Scanlon says it’s not only to attract new residents, but also to allow people to see Dupont Estates’ community at its best.
“We’re always looking for people to come a join the Dupont Estates family,” she said. “The staff and some of our residents will be on hand to talk with and tell them what life is like here.”
Scanlon says it’s nothing against the history of Dupont Triangles, but says that’s just not who they are.
“We’ve had some negative issues in the area lately and we just want to show people that’s not who we are,” said Scanlon. “Of course the loss of Aliahna impacted this entire community. Our kids went to school with her, rode the bus with her. We do our best to keep our community as safe as possible, so I won't say that it's an attempt to disassociate with them, but we are not affiliated with them in any way.”
The Dupont Estates open house is Saturday, July 14 from 12 – 3 p.m. in their clubhouse, 10002 Wheatfield Lane.
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