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Recent Vote Could Be Deciding Factor In Fight To Rezone East Andersonville

The process to rezone the East Andersonville neighborhood came to Peirce School (1423 W. Bryn Mawr) last Thursday evening at a well-attended meeting put on by East Andersonville Preservation Task Force and Alderman Harry Osterman.

The two-hour meeting continued the topic discussion about changing the neighborhood 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.

At the beginning of the meeting the Alderman made clear that everyone’s voice will be heard but that all attendees remain collegial. He stated his position that seemed to be in the middle of both sides of the debate. He told the crowd he advocates for more low-income rental options and increased population density primarily along the Edgewater and Andersonville’s main arteries.

A representative from the city department that handles zoning changes was also on hand to also give an overview of the procedure necessary to down-zone East Andersonville. He made clear that they would not oppose the zoning change if that is what the community wanted.

Those who support RS-3 say it will help protect the charm of the neighborhood and stop the dramatic increase of tear-downs and developments there. those against are concerned about the new regulations the new zoning will bring providing them less options for their properties while capping density numbers and possibly increasing rents.

However, it was a community vote taken by the 48th Ward Office during the meeting that could be the deciding factor to help sway the Alderman’s support. Those who currently live in the East Andersonville neighborhood, both owners and renters alike, were able to participate in the roll call. Those in favor of down-zoning to RS-3 outnumbered those against 98 to 26.

That number could very well decide the future of the area in favor of the measure’s supporters. The Alderman said he will have a decision in the future.


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