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Our view: Hold separate public hearing for Cary apartments

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 11, 2014 8:37 a.m. CDT

Cary’s Village Board already has approved an $18-million, 60-unit proposed apartment complex at First and Pearl Streets, but that doesn’t mean residents are happy about it.

A website, carymatters.com, and a corresponding Facebook page includes an online petition with more than 700 signatures calling for the Village Board to reverse its decision on allowing the affordable housing apartment complex to be built by Pedcor Investments.

Last Tuesday’s Village Board meeting was met with vocal opposition to the project, and the board will discuss it again at its July 15 meeting.

We’ve long advocated for more affordable housing in McHenry County. It’s necessary to the future of vibrant communities. We want our local workforce – no matter the job – to be able to live and spend their money here.

It’s not about failed public housing projects, Section 8 housing, or those few searching for confirmation bias of low-income minorities bringing crime to a community. It’s about having a housing supply that is affordable for the majority of people who want to live and work here.

We think the proposed location makes sense, near other apartments and the Metra train station. But we also understand many Cary residents are opposed to it, and have concerns that the Village Board has not been as transparent as it should be on this matter.

We suggest another full public hearing, where concerned Cary residents, the Village Board and Pedcor representatives can thoroughly discuss – not try to shout down each other – the plans. It should be a special meeting of the board with no other agenda items, so discussion time is not limited.

Whatever happens, not everyone will get everything they want. That’s how these things work.

The bottom line is, southeast McHenry County is in desperate need of more affordable housing.

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