Prospect Park senior residents reach $3.3-million settlement after living in turmoil

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PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn -- After more than two years of living in turmoil, the five seniors still living at the Prospect Park Residence have finally reached a settlement with the building's owner for more than $3.3-million. But the seniors say you can't put a price tag on their home.

"Any settlement, however large or small, isn't the primary thing," said 93-year-old Anne Marie Mogil. "It's the idea of being relocated because I have a psychological problem about moving in the first place."

Mogil has been fighting eviction from the Prospect Park Residence elderly home since she moved in.

Months after Mogil got settled, state health officials and the landlord gave the 125 or so residents three months to move out to make way for luxury condos.

That was 2014.

Now Mogil and just four other seniors remain.

"Nothing has bothered me because I don't let it," said Alice Singer. "I don't fight. I don't do anything. But I'm not moving."

Since then the seniors sued the building owner claiming he cut services to force them out.

Now the two sides have settled. Much of the money will go to the remaining seniors, while several other families will share in the remainder of the settlement.

“We are happy that the portion of the litigation dealing with the residents has been amicably resolved so that we can focus our attention on the remaining litigation that is more of a business nature,” said Frank Carone, an attorney for building owner Haysha Deitsch.

Lawyers for the seniors are happy the remaining residents will have the money and time to move, but they say something needs to be done to make sure this doesn't happen again.

"We continue to be disappointed that the State Department of Health’s weak regulations enable assisted living operators to close with essentially no notice to vulnerable elderly people. The Legal Aid Society will continue to pursue the legal claims against the Department of Health.”

Since the majority of the seniors moved out several have passed away.

Some family members told PIX11 they're convinced moving killed their elderly loved ones.

Mogil says there's no way you can put a dollar amount on the loss of her friends and home.

"It's just a matter of greed and there's no human feeling in people who would do a thing like that to us."

Mogil and the remaining residents aren't moving out just yet. They're waiting until they receive their first payment from the settlement before they start to relocate.