Debate over affordable housing project continues in Willmette

WILMETTE, Ill -- Residents of north suburban Wilmette got their first look Wednesday night at revised plans for a development that includes affordable housing.

The project has been an ongoing process.  A public meeting last December led the developer to go back to the drawing board to make some changes to his plans.

A non-profit group from Northbrook called HODC  bought the former American Legion Post in the 1900 block of Wilmette in June 2015.

The group had plans to build an affordable housing complex on site.  It would be three stories tall with covered parking on the first level and two floors of apartments above.

Opponents feel the apartment complex would lower property values and were concerned about the types of tenants living there.

Wednesday night, the developer said they would have a stringent screening process and screen for sex offenders.  They would not allow anyone with any drug offenses or felony convictions.  They would also have a security system and a staff office on site.

The non-profit group says it wants to target veterans and disabled people.

Some changes made to the plans include fewer, but larger apartments, with a total of 16 units broken up into one and two bedrooms, with rent between $615 and $800 a month.

Some people at Wednesday’s meeting still voiced concerns about the property.  Others were on hand in support of the project.

There is another public meeting at the Wilmette Community Center on September 13th and 7:00 p.m.

The developer says they will present their application to the village for approval before starting the financing process.