Rockford IL housing proposal held over another week

City Council members were expected to vote Monday on a proposal to build 38-units of low-income housing for disabled people on the site of a former family housing project but postponed the vote another week.

The proposal, which is the first step to a plan to revitalize the entire neighborhood, including the Brewington Oaks complex across the street, is getting opposition from some neighbors and Ald. Venita Hervey, whose ward abuts the development.

Hervey, D-5, did not speak against the proposal Monday but has said in the past that she opposes the reintroduction low-income or subsidized housing to the area.

The Rockford Housing Authority demolished the 84-unit Jane Addams housing complex in 2008. Its plan is to cut low-income housing in the area by more than half by replacing Jane Addams family units with 38 units for individuals and reducing the units in Brewington Oaks from 418 to 226.

But some neighbors and Hervey think the four acres should be left open green space or developed into a park. The housing authority’s plan calls for a third of the land to remain a park.

Read remainder of the story at the Rockford Register Star

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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