Oak Park, IL residents suing against affordable housing is just blatant…

The funny thing about the Oak Park, IL residents suiting against a project for affordable housing is that they are using regulations regarding height and parking/traffic restrictions for the area. The first thing you think of when residents sue against affordable housing when they state it would bring down the property values is blatant racist. The you look at he excuses they use “traffic” “parking” “construction height” etc. and in a way, you are like: “man they may have a point.

That’s if the height restrictions for the village was not set aside for all the construction near Lake and Harlem avenues and traffic in that area has just gotten worse. So really these excuses are bullshit. You may even state that Lake and Harlem is considered downtown Oak Park, IL and is different from this more residential area but is it really? Then you also have to think when will Oak Park, IL think about the future when it comes to developing the properties in the area?

Is traffic and parking a valid excuse when this is a problem that occurs everywhere in the village already? No, it is a problem because affordable housing brings minorities and poor people to their affluent area. Property values going down because of affordable housing? Maybe. But what the hell is there now? Do a Google search there is an empty lot. I am pretty sure that lowers property values than a huge four-story building.

Therefore, to me again, Oak Park, IL is just showing its true colors. A lawsuit against affordable housing is just a victory for injustice, the one thing Oak Park, IL states as a community they are against. They state and post little signs on their lawns that “Hate does not have a home here…”  Well I think it has found one on Oak Park Avenue and Van Buren Street.

Here are the articles describing the lawsuit:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-park/news/ct-oak-park-residents-lawsuit-tl-0124-story.html?fbclid=IwAR2lZd63Rszmih8nM5eh6Y-fX1nO6xur7gMcA364O9b2TJD0uQQpDravLRg

https://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/1-15-2019/Neighbors-sue-Oak-Park-over-affordable-housing-project/

Google map of the proposed site:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Van+Buren+St+%26+S+Oak+Park+Ave,+Oak+Park,+IL+60304/@41.8742668,-87.7940906,3a,75y,222.65h,81.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sKZnJeDDwTryTZPqh0m8HIw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192!4m5!3m4!1s0x880e349485659ceb:0x81b3b4d4ec0abdca!8m2!3d41.8742776!4d-87.7940525

Advertisements

Have a bad situation in Oak Park, IL, the bureaucracy will make it worse

I read an article about how Oak Park, IL’s bureaucracy basically screwed over a family that was trying to recover after a fire to their home. After the Dec. 7, 2016, fire the owner got the ball rolling for rebuilding for him and his family. The owner’s contractor has made mistakes in the plans however in this process, Oak Park, IL uses a third-party vendor to (as they imply) streamline the application and approval/rejection.

So, after the owner got a rejection on the March 22 it was resubmitted then on April 27 the third party approved the application and gave a permit. Only to have it rejected by the village’s building department the next day, meaning that these two segmented departments that one gives the so-called approval process to the other only to have the first department override the latter. That seems to me like Organizational dysfunction, which is what this is.

Regardless of the whole story as mentioned in the article, however, the point is, that even after the situation was mentioned (about the fire) one of the village building representatives stated that once they knew the situation, it got fast forwarded. However, another one, the director of development customer services, stated that all cases (no matter the circumstances) are managed “in the same queue” and that the owner could have paid a double fee to get himself pushed up to the front of the line. NICE.

I can really, feel the empathy from the director of what???? “development customer services” to justify the dysfunction with you can be double charged, even after your fire, a fee to lead probably more dysfunction…. just so ignorant. Oh and the Oak Park Chief Building Official stated that only two or three new construction projects are “done” a year….. I see why due to all the red tape residents must go through for their construction projects who the fuck would bother? Unless they were backed with a developer and tons of money to grease the wheels further like the projects downtown, people like this unfortunate owner get the runaround and ignorance thrown at them.

Oh, I did note in this article the village representatives mentioned that the owner’s architect could have come into the village in person to “work out the problems” sounds like under the table, corruption type shit to me. Why? Because if they can email the plans to the third-party vendor as the Oak Park representatives mentioned in the article why could they not email the architect about the problems with the plans?

This to me is a great reason why not to buy property within Oak Park, Il there is crazy restrictions, red tape and corruption all over this village. The residents obviously put up with it and keep voting corrupt officials who perpetuate this situation and with them being part of the problem, I am sure that what happened to this homeowner has happened before and will again.

Click here for the stupidity that Oak Park, IL has it regards to be rebuilding especially after a fire:

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/5-12-2017/Family-displaced-by-fire-says-Oak-Park-made-rebuilding-frustrating/