VIDEO: 98-Year Old Woman Offered Ability to Stay in Her Apartment but Caretaker Must Go

By Brian Shields

Fri Jul 11th, 2014 10:15pm America/Los_Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The landlord for a 98-year old woman facing eviction from the apartment where she’s lived since 1976 says Mary Phillips can stay for the rest of her life free of charge but her lawyer and activists say that’s a misleading deal.

Urban Green Investments boss David McClosky made the offer in an e-mail to KRON 4 News.

In the letter, McClosky says Urban Green has “offered Mary Phillips the opportunity to remain in her home for the rest of her life with no cost to Mary. This offer was first communicated to Ms. Phillips’ lawyer in March 2014, and has been the topic of negotiation ever since then.”

Advocates for Mary says it’s a disingenuous offer because Phillips would have to live in her apartment while the rest of the building undergoes construction and Urban Green would still evict the woman’s neighbor and caregiver.

“The reality is that offering the 98 year old Mary Phillips the opportunity to live alone in a construction zone without her close friend and caregiver being able to stay in the building is an illusory offer, and UGI knows that,” attorney Steve Collier says in another e-mail to Dan. “UGI always intended to evict Mary, but the media attention to Mary’s plight has changed UGI’s attitude, not any concern for her wellbeing.”

Since Mary’s story has gone public, she tells Dan she’s heard from old friends and neighbors all around the country, many of them offering their support.

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