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Anti-Deconversion Ordinances Proposed for 606, Pilsen

The Lightfoot administration on Wednesday introduced two anti-deconversion ordinances, one for Pilsen on Chicago’s West Side and one for the immediate areas surrounding the Bloomingdale Trail (The 606) on the city’s Northwest Side.

The ordinance is designed to reduce displacement of low- to moderate-income residents and maintain the existing character and housing stock. This ordinance is geared toward preserving two-to eight-unit buildings, that often provide naturally occurring affordable housing units.

“While major cities across our country are experiencing a sharp increase in the number of new developments, whether they be housing or otherwise, it remains imperative that these projects are not accompanied with the displacement of long-term residents,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Around The 606, two- and three-flat buildings are being demolished or converted into single-family homes at significantly higher price points. In Pilsen, three- to eight-unit buildings are also being replaced by buildings with fewer units.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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