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8th Ward Alderman Abuse of Power ContinuesBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

There is strength and power in numbers. And 8th Ward residents are urged to attend the Zoning Board Hearing on the Proposed Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave., on May 9th, at 10 AM, in the City Council Chambers.

“We’re keeping the faith, hoping that we can stop this housing project from coming into our ward,” said an 8th Ward resident of more than 40 years. We will not give up on our efforts to keep the Montclare Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing Complex from coming to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights Communities. However, I, as well as many others in the ward, wonder why 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris would lie and deceive us on what is going on in the ward and she never held a community meeting with homeowners that are most affected by its coming. She did not hold a question and answer meeting with them. The alderman is very supportive of this project, and would dare to do this to our community.”

Nonetheless, a little while ago, Harris tried to bring in a Medical Marijuana facility and pawnshop to the ward, but 8th Ward residents fought tooth and nail against them and successfully blocked them from coming in. Many see this as a pattern, that Harris’ outreach on the quality of businesses brought into the ward sets a very dismal pattern, all of which have been scorned by residents who question the type of businesses coming in. They say her poor choice of businesses has contributed highly to the business areas steady erosion which has brought about negativity problems and changes in the ward’s atmosphere and environment; and in many instances, do not bring economic development to the ward.

Several angry 8th Ward residents have consistently attended community meetings and had a press conference where they yelled loudly that “We Don’t Want It.”

In a flyer, an 8th Ward group stated: “Do Not Change the Zoning in Our Neighborhood.”

In order for the proposed housing project to come into the ward, the zoning must be changed.

The flyer further states that: Alderman Harris is asking the City Council to change the zoning at 94th and Stony Island to allow for the Montclare Low Income building which will consist of 134 units and 7 Story tall, to come into the area. Reportedly, the area is zoned for businesses, but Harris wants to change it to include residential.

A section was also in the flyer that informed opponents of the site coming (whose numbers are greater than supporters of the site: “Why We Say No.”

  • Changing the neighborhood from quiet homeowners to a high density building community
  • Increases pedestrian traffic on a major thoroughfare
  • Decreases property values of current homeowners
  • Sets a dangerous precedent to allow developers to put up more density projects in our neighborhood )while they would never put these buildings in their own communities)

8th Ward residents are encouraged to attend this important Zoning Board meeting on May 9, 2018 at 10 AM in the City Council Chambers.

 

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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