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Brooklyn Nursing Home Files for Closure, Catches Residents by Surprise

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It's not clear what will happen to residents of a full service senior living facility in Brooklyn that is set to close in a few months.

The owners of Prospect Park Residence in Carroll Gardens say it is no longer financially viable, and have surrendered their operating license to the state Health Department.

Management told residents and their families Wednesday that it legally cannot close the building until all residents are out of the building, but the plan is to close in 90 days.

"It's just not right. We're supposed to be out of here in 90 days. Are they kidding? One-hundred-year-old people. Where are we supposed to go?" said one resident.

"Nobody here can make those kids of arrangements, almost nobody," said another resident.

"We just moved my aunt to a memory care floor two weeks ago. We signed the lease yesterday and no one said a word," said one relative of a resident.

The facility's director said management has been fighting escalating costs for five years.

He also says its tax obligation has increased by nearly a million dollars over that time.

NY1 has reached out to the state Health Department for comment.

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