99-year-old woman’s ‘special circumstances’ to be considered as West End stadium construction continues

Deadline looms for 99-year-old to move

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Mary Page, 99, lives at 421 Wade Street. Her apartment building stands in the way of construction on FC Cincinnati’s new stadium in the West End.

Family is counting on the promise from both Mayor John Cranley and FC Cincinnati that no one will be displaced.

Page’s grand-niece Kim Dillard says she was told she’d have to move by April 30.

Former Mayor Mark Mallory, now with FC Cincinnati, says he’ll be convening a meeting of senior housing stakeholders and West End leaders on Friday to discuss the “special circumstances” of Page.

“I have invited a representative of Ms. Page’s family, the Council on Aging, HOME, CMHA, Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses and the president of the West End Community Council. As we continue to work to a solution for her unique and special situation, there is no immediate urgency for her to vacate her apartment by the date she was originally given by property management,” Mallory said. “Ms. Paige may stay in her apartment until suitable housing is found that will accommodate her special circumstances.”

Page’s family took her case before a city council committee this week. Councilmember Tamaya Dennard said she campaigned on listening to residents of the West End and helping them with the living situations.

“It’s kind of sad in our city that when a community develops certain people have to leave," she said. “Because at this point, 99, you know what I mean? You’ve lived this long your reward should be, you shouldn’t have to move out of the way so that people can make money.”

As a West End resident for more than twenty years, Page’s family says she understands what is coming her front doorstep.

“She knows what’s going on. She’s not liking it. She knows what has to be done but she’s not liking it. Who wants to think about moving at 99-years-old? You’re settled at that time," Dillard said.

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