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Billboards protesting Pedcor project go up

Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 2:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:02 p.m. CDT
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(Kyle Grillot - kgrillott@shawmedia.com)
Lenny Szarek Carpentry employee Dennis Slomka works on the Crystal Lake Pedcor project Tuesday, July, 15, 2014. Pedcor expects to open the first building in Crystal Lake in August. The Cary Village Board set to discuss, again, the proposed apartment 60-unit apartment complex to be built by Pedcor Investments.

CARY – At least a few of the eight planned billboards to go up throughout Cary protesting a proposed apartment complex are now on display.

Since before the Cary Village Board's approval on June 17 of a proposed $18 million affordable housing complex, village residents have been campaigning against the project, said Cary resident Jim Cosler, who’s been active in opposing the board’s decision.

“The billboards are one of our awareness campaigns to inform residents about the new development,” Cosler said in an email to the Northwest Herald.

Once up, the signs will collectively reach a projected 200,000 drivers passing by, he said.

Some of the signs, which read, “No Cary Low Income Apartment Housing. We came, we spoke, the Mayor didn’t listen,” have been planned for major entry and exit points of Cary, but there also are some planned for Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake and Lake in the Hills.

The process to get all the billboards up is dependent on the expiration of the prior leases, Cosler said. He’s hoping they’ll all be on display by the end of the week.

In addition to the billboards, Cosler said the one of the most pressing portions of the push is a letter campaign to make the Illinois Housing Development Authority aware of the situation.

On the grassroots level, Cary resident Katy Breitenbach said small groups of volunteers have been distributing fliers throughout town.

“We’re going to people’s mailboxes,” Breitenbach said, “and then asking them to go to our website and do their own research.”

Administered by Cosler, the website, carymatters.com, asks people to sign a petition, which Breitenbach said had 1,300 signatures as of Tuesday afternoon.

LOCATIONS

Approximate billboard locations, provided by Jim Cosler, administer of carymatters.com:

• Cary Algonquin Road, on the edge of Algonquin

• Jandus Road, Cary

• South side of Route 14, Cary

• Route 14, Fox River Grove

• Route 14 near Thorntons gas station, Cary

• Near Cary Ready Mix

• Route 14 near Route 14 Rental

• Pyott Road by bike path in Lake in the Hills 

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