Oak Park trustees again visit affordable housing properties

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park village board is making a second visit to two affordable housing complexes in Chicago, as it prepares to vote on a controversial apartment building planned for Madison Street.

On Saturday, trustees will tour two buildings owned by Interfaith Housing Development Corp., the nonprofit that plans to buy the vacant building at 820 W. Madison to turn it into apartments. Sites to be visited include Sanctuary Place, 642 N. Kedzie, and Sankofa House, 4041 W. Roosevelt.

Board members will meet at 3 p.m. at Sanctuary Place to kick off the tour, which is open to the public. After the Oak Park Plan Commission approved Interfaith’s plans earlier this year, the village board plans to decide whether it agrees with those recommendations, starting with the regular meeting scheduled for May 16.

CONTACT: mstempniak@wjinc.com

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Posted: May 12th, 2011 5:34 PM

Ah OP wouldn't you love to kick us out. But you can't and I expect you'll have a coronary when the day comes that one of us non sheep types makes a successful run for the board.


Posted: May 12th, 2011 3:43 PM

I already live amongst those types RIGHT here in OP. Thats what I love about it. So should you....or Ba BYE


Posted: May 12th, 2011 2:43 PM

I think the easiest solution is to have OP move away and go live with poor people somewhere and leave Oak Park to the unholy, bigots, racists, NIMBYS, and super rich. I'm thinking Costa Rica, hear its warm there.

sick to my stomach  

Posted: May 12th, 2011 9:52 AM

While at the new 'green' Walgreens on Madison and Oak Park yesterday i observed someone at the register in front of me spend about five dollars on candy bars with their, you guessed it, Link Card! So much for eggs bread and milk. Im sure i was glowing red with anger. Then she promptly pulled out a bit of cash to buy cigarettes. I'm sure we would see plenty more abuse to the system just like this if this project is approved.

Marc from Oak Park  

Posted: May 12th, 2011 7:22 AM

I agree with Link Card. First things first and this is not one of them. I am in south Oak Park and have seen the characters come and go at Garfield and Clinton. No OP I CAN'T just move out. I would just like Oak Park to be responsible to it's taxpayers.


Posted: May 11th, 2011 9:29 PM

Just move out if you feel that way John. We do not need negativity. Yes we can!

john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: May 11th, 2011 5:35 PM

Lost Puppies is not an economic terms. I know some very rich lost puppies and very astute poor people. The worst is the near rich who lost big money in the market and are now whiney lost puppies. Instead of looking forward they complain about what the recession did to them, and try to double down with quick fix investing. The world is not about punishing the poor, but it not about punishing those trying to maintain a standard of living either. Buck up folks. Our 10 yrs of OP hell is not over.

OP Resident  

Posted: May 10th, 2011 1:35 AM

Wow, Link! Did you throw away your broad brush and start using a power sprayer? You describe the working poor as "lost puppies". That's a shameful attitude to express. I want Oak Park to be more resposive to the needs and conditions in our neighborhoods but I would not insult someone who is struggling to survive in these economic times. Walk a mile in my shoes.


Posted: May 9th, 2011 11:23 PM

Hate to break the news to LC, but the trains are full of people who get on and off at Austin my friend. There are plenty of working folks who live there. Lots of hard nosed working types just like you and me.

Patricia O'Shea  

Posted: May 9th, 2011 1:49 PM

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Link Card from Oak Park  

Posted: May 9th, 2011 1:22 PM

All we need is more affordable housing and people taking more social services and school services that are paid for by a smaller number of taxpayers. Why cant we concentrate on fixing our communities roads, educational system, crime and other basic living things before we take in these "lost puppies" Let's face the facts, these people are much more likely to be criminals and bring in bad elements that we moved out of the city to get rid of. Low income equals trouble - just cross Austin Avenu

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