A Skokie-based developer got the preliminary go-ahead Thursday to build a housing complex for low-income older people in Central Peoria despite overwhelming opposition from the neighborhood.
The zoning commission voted 3-2 to recommend the City Council support a zoning change to allow the complex.
There was one caveat, however, that neighbors hope will kill the project: The commission recommended the building be 35 feet tall. That is the maximum height allowed in the city’s zoning ordinance but considerably lower than the 46-foot, 9-inch height the developer seeks.
“The only thing that is positive about this is that the claim by (the developer) that holding it to 35 feet would financially kill it,” Ed Murphy, president of the North Florence Neighborhood Association, said after residents – some confused over exactly what the commission voted on, others disgusted – left City Hall. “If that results in strangling that baby in the cradle, I’m all for it.”
Commissioners voting in favor of the project were Curt Davis, Greg Hunziker and Tim Shea. Voting against it were Michael Wiesehan and Marjorie Klise, who said, “This building is too big.”
Ben Porush of 3 Diamond Development, the company wanting to develop a 60-unit, four-story complex at 3616 N. Sheridan Road, said an architect will go back to work in designing a building more desirable under the zoning code.
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