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East Andersonville Residents Continue Their Rezoning Fight To Protect Over 200 Area Homes

Historic 2-Flats In East Andersonville

East Andersonville residents have banded together to create the East Andersonville Preservation Task Force, a group aimed at preserving what they feel is the charm, architectural style and green spaces of the area.

The group will hold a second large meeting with Alderman Harry Osterman to discuss downzoning East Andersonville from the current RT-4 zoning to the proposed RS-3 zoning. That move will make it more difficult for developers to come into the area and tear down the most vulnerable homes: 2-flats and single family dwellings.

The meeting which is scheduled for August 23, 6:30 p.m. at Peirce School (1423 W. Bryn Mawr) is a follow-up to the previous one which was held May 10, 2018. According to the Alderman, it will include a vote that will help gauge community support for the proposal.

While most Edgewater neighborhoods are currently zoned RS-3, East Andersonville (bordered by Foster, Bryn Mawr, Clark and Glenwood) is currently zoned RT-4 which makes a large portion of their homes vulnerable to developers and possible demolition.

There are much tighter restrictions on demolition in an area with RS-3 zoning. It prevents developers from purchasing smaller homes in order to erect larger multi-story condominium complexes. Particularly vulnerable are 2-flat and single family homes with RT-4 zoning, especially those with extra-wide 50 foot lots. Currently East Andersonville contains 18 single family homes and 189 two-flats which are most at risk of possible demolition under the current zoning.

Residents who support the down-zoning say that the large developments not only increase population density in the neighborhood, but they also dwarf surrounding buildings, eliminate green space and diminish the community charm. Those who oppose the rezoning would like the population in the area to grow in order to allow for new residents and increase community vitality. They also feel rezoning would drive up home prices and increase rents.

With both sides dedicated to their positions, Thursday’s meeting will most likely be a passionate debate on the future of East Andersonville.

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