AVONDALE/OLD IRVING PARK — Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th) rejected a developer’s plan to build condos on a residential street after neighbors spoke out against the proposal.
Reboyras announced the rejection of the condos to neighbors this week. Developers had planned to demolish a 105-year-old stucco home at 3917-21 W. Eddy St., which sits next door to a vacant lot, and put condos in its place. While neighbors said they know house needs work, they said the condos would be out of place on the tree-lined street of single family homes.
“Due to the overwhelming disapproval of the proposal presented to the community, the builder will now build three (3) single family homes under the current…zoning,” Reboyras said in the letter to Eddy Street residents.
Over 40 neighbors attended a Jan. 16 meeting with the developers and alderman. The majority said they were not happy with the plan and told the alderman the condos would ruin the block’s character. Instead, they wanted single family homes built at the address or for the developer to renovate the existing home.
Ahead of the meeting last month, neighbors speculated on social media that the development-friendly Reboyras would likely approve the change.
“As I have stated, community residents will always have a say in new developments that require a zoning change. I thank you for taking the time to voice your opinions, as they are always heard,” Reboyras said in the letter.
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