In Chicago: Mayor Lori Lightfoot brings development to West and South Side neighborhoods. For months, residents have pushed back against plans for the development, asking the city to address the absence of businesses like a grocery store, bank or pharmacy in the area. Other residents questioned the density of the housing, saying that 62 new apartments on the already crowded street would be too much for the community to handle.
The affordable housing project would not go forward without community approval
But during an explosive meeting, residents learned — some for the first time — that if they did not accept the city-backed project, they could end up with nothing.
The solution: Two buildings
Rather than building one affordable housing complex along 79th Street, developers will, instead, split the project in two. One building is slated for 79th and Green, and the other on 79th and Halsted. There will be space allocated for parking and retail space will be available on the first floor. Read more