84-Year-Old Refused Million Dollar Offer, Forced Shopping Mall To Build Around Her House Instead - Daily Net

84-Year-Old Refused Million Dollar Offer, Forced Shopping Mall To Build Around Her House Instead

If a developer came along and offered you one million dollars for you to leave your home so they can build a mall, would you take it? For Edith Macefield in Seattle, Washington, a million-dollar offer wasn’t enough. Over a decade later, her little home still stands.

The Million Dollar Offer That Got Denied

Back in the mid-2000s, developers wanted to build a massive shopping mall on land where people were living, including Edith Macefield. After being offered a nice sum, all of Edith’s neighbors were happy to take the money and go. Edith, however, was not so easily convinced.

When she refused to move, the developers gave her a million-dollar offer, which again, she quickly turned down. To her, her little home full of precious memories was worth far more than any developer could ever pay her.

“I don’t want to move. I don’t need the money. Money doesn’t mean anything,” she said to the SeattlePI in 2007.

With nothing left to do, the developer was forced to change their plans and build around Edith’s house and small yard.

 

A Lasting Legacy

Unfortunately, just a few short years later, Edith passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2008. Before she died, however, she secured the future of her 1000 square-foot house in an unlikely place: Construction chief Barry Martin, who worked the site next to her home.

The unlikely pair became quite close over those years. When Edith received her diagnosis, Barry was the one who took her to all of her hospital appointments. In her will, she left her small house to Barry, who she knew would do his absolute best to preserve her beloved home. (2)

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