Akron: Mayflower Manor residents against being ousted

7:21 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- Some Akron residents say they're being pushed out of their homes and they don't want to go. But the city says its all for the better.

Those who live here at teh Mayflower Manor Apartments don't want a change of address.

Karen King has lived at the Mayflower for 25 years.

"It's home to me. It's convenient," she said.

Convenient because Karen can walk to Children's Hospital where she has volunteered for 40 years, including as Santa's helper.

But recently she found out she's losing her home.

"I was floored. I'm angry. I'm floored," she said.

Karen and her neighbors met with the city and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city wants to buy the building and then have a developer rehab it for future use.

At 100 years old, the city says the building needs some serious work. The city says it needs new plumbing and that it's a health hazard for the residents.

But Karen loves this old building and, if she's forced to move, she's worried she'll have to give up working with Santa.

She has her own wish for the city. "Let us live here....leave us alone," she said.

Residents can stay for 18 months. Then the city will help them find new homes and assist with moving.


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