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Alderman Will Push for East Andersonville Downzoning

Ald. Harry Osterman is putting his support behind a downzoning push by residents of East Andersonville, within the North Side’s Edgewater neighborhood. In an open letter to residents of the community who have been concerned in recent months about the number of demolitions of two-flats and single-family dwellings in favor of higher-density housing, Osterman wrote that he would introduce an ordinance at the next City Council meeting on Sept. 20.

“This effort was initiated by the East Andersonville Residents’ Council in the aftermath of the successful effort to save 1436 West Berwyn from demolition by a developer, and concerns about recent teardowns of two-flats in the area,” Osterman wrote.

He added that support for the rezoning was grounded in “many neighbors’ desire and commitment to preserve and protect the unique character of East Andersonville and its housing stock, half of which are two-flats and single-family homes.”

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