Neighbors plan to protest housing development

Published 04/09 2013 06:06PM

Updated 04/09 2013 08:17PM

CHAMPAIGN -- There are plans to build affordable housing in southwest Champaign. The project would be just west of I-57 on Cobblefield Drive.

But, neighbors are upset and plan to take their concerns to the city council. They've been passing out flyers around the neighborhood telling everyone to call their council members or attend Tuesday night's meeting.

There are plans for 160 town-homes and walk-up apartments to be built in the area. The build is sponsored by the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC). The plot of land is next to Glenshire and Turnberry Ridge neighborhoods.

Some families living there say the project is a complete surprise. They don't think they were properly notified. Some worry it would lower their property values and that safety, crime and traffic will become problems.

HACC says the project is a new start to move away from the idea that affordable housing should be limited to one area. They say, at this point, construction won't start until the fall or even spring 2014.

But, a group of neighbors say that's not what they want to see. They intend to be at Tuesday's council meeting and are putting together a petition as well.

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