December 17, 2020
The Lightfoot administration on Wednesday introduced two anti-deconversion ordinances, one for Pilsen on Chicago’s West Side and one for the immediate areas surrounding the Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) on the city’s Northwest Side.
The ordinance is designed to reduce displacement of low- to moderate-income residents and maintain the existing character and housing stock. This ordinance is geared toward preserving two-to eight-unit buildings, that often provide naturally occurring affordable housing units.
“While major cities across our country are experiencing a sharp increase in the number of new developments, whether they be housing or otherwise, it remains imperative that these projects are not accompanied with the displacement of long-term residents,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
Around The 606, two- and three-flat buildings are being demolished or converted into single-family homes at significantly higher price points. In Pilsen, three- to eight-unit buildings are also being replaced by buildings with fewer units.
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