By Krystyna Slivinski
Source The Chicago Tribune
They marched, they prayed and they made emotional pleas, but tenants from a low-income complex in Glen Ellyn could not get assurances from village staff that their apartment buildings will be left out of a proposed taxing district for Roosevelt Road.
Tenants, many of them new immigrants and refugees, marched along Main Street Monday to the Civic Center because they believe improvements tied to the district could displace them or cause their rents to rise out of their price range. Members of the community also supported the group of more than 150.
“There just isn’t a lot of affordable housing for these people,” said David Vosburg, a four-year resident of the Parkside Apartments, which sits in the targeted tax increment financing district.
For Roosevelt Road, the proposed project area would include parcels between Route 53 and Park Boulevard between Park Avenue and Main Street. The district’s proposed boundaries exclude Market Plaza, where Jewel-Osco is located, and Pickwick Place Shopping Center and Baker Hill Development. The area is home to a mix of retail, office and residential housing that in most cases, is aging and struggling to attract new business.
“We have no specific plans for development but over 23 years, we hope a TIF district will spur interest,” said Mark Franz, village manager.
Caught in the proposed TIF boundary are the roughly 500 tenants who live at Parkside Apartments, which provides 120 affordable housing units at 18 N. Parkside Ave. The complex of eight, two-story buildings could benefit from improvements, which tenants believe would then increase their rents.
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