JAN 26, 2021
Pilsen, 606 ‘deconversion’ ordinances set for approval as potential demolition fee follow-up looms
A pair of hard-fought ordinances aimed at preventing the loss of affordable apartments in gentrifying parts of the city is set to clear a crucial hurdle on Tuesday, as advocates say they are closing in on a follow-up proposal that would take their campaign even further.
Under the companion ordinances (O2020-6206, O2020-6207) introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, developers would need to apply for zoning changes in order to create single-family homes in parts of the Pilsen and the Near Northwest Side that are zoned for multi-family housing. Long advocated by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and other housing organizers, the measures are designed to slow the conversion of small, naturally-affordable apartment buildings into million-dollar single-family homes.
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