Five elderly women are all that stand between a Brooklyn developer and his shiny condo dreams for Park Slope. The women, all between 91 and 101 years old, have decided to hold on to their rooms at Prospect Park Residence, a senior home positioned atop a succulent piece of real estate less than a block from Brooklyn's largest public green space.

An in-depth story from the Associate Press this weekend describes the plight of Annemarie Mogil, Alice Singer, Lillian Guide, and two others who are standing up to Haysha Deitsch, who purchased Prospect Park Residence in 2006 for $40 million, then proceeded to sell it in 2013 for $76.5 million. Deitsch kept the sale a secret until Spring 2014, when staff told the Residence's 125 seniors that their care facility would soon become condos.

"I think we have that right to do what we want to do," the 93-year-old Mogil said. Mogil is a retired social worker and hates the idea of leaving the building and becoming an increased burden on her adult daughter. "I've earned my rest. I worked hard. I deserve my peace." Mogil and her fellow tenants were reportedly never notified that the building at 1 Prospect Park West was never licensed as an assisted-living facility. "In litigation predating the current battles, Deitsch insisted he was simple a landlord, and 'not in the healthcare business,'" the paper noted. As he announced to aged tenants that they would soon be evicted from their homes, Deitsch raised fees for those who refused to leave and then sued their families for $50 million, accusing them of interfering in his real estate sale and making "slanderous" allegations against him.

Living conditions for the five residents still in the building quickly bottomed out. The AP describes Prospect Park Residence as a vacant, crumbling space with ripped up floors, empty food shelves, no a/c on warm days, and at times, no hot water. Caretaker staffing was cut, making basic hygiene tasks like bathing increasingly difficult for Mogil, Singer, Guide, and others. Deitsch denied these accounts in an interview with AP, claiming holdouts always "received outstanding services and care."

"All of this is an effort to protect my mother from having to go into a storage facility," Guide's daughter Deborah Pollack told AP. Guide has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

As the five remaining residents continue to hold on to what they hoped would be their final homes, City Coucilman Brad Lander criticized poor state oversight as one of the attributing factors of the Deitsch deal, but still blames the developer for what's happening. "He is evil. He is acting in a way that I think is sociopathic. But the state health department has essentially taken the side of the sociopath instead of the side of the seniors who it's their job to protect," Lander told AP.