When Hetty Fox moved back into her devastated South Bronx neighborhood in 1979, she said, "Everyone was leaving."
Urban pioneer's work may go down drain
"It was very intense. Nobody really cared," said Fox, now 67. She stuck it out, fixed up an abandoned house and soon became a neighborhood institution.
But this spring, the city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development notified her that her building, which she's been trying to buy since 1979, would be sold to the Mid-Bronx Desperados development group to create affordable housing.
Fox already holds a valid bank commitment letter for a loan of $85,000 - the price set by the city in 1999 and confirmed in 2003. But Fox said the city told her it planned to sell the property to MBD for $1.