Some decry crime, others welcome diversity as Housing Commission hears from residents on Arlington 425 project – Chicago Tribune

An Arlington Heights Housing Commission meeting intended to discuss affordable housing in the proposed Arlington 425 project turned contentious at times as some of the more than 60 attendees argued about the need and value of providing affordable housing in the village, while others worried affordable housing could lead to violent crime in the area.

“I am in support of it and I am supportive of a diverse community,” said Dawn Frenzel, 57, who said she has lived in Arlington Heights since 2001. “These types of units are really helpful to our senior citizens on fixed incomes. They built these communities, raised their children in these communities and can’t afford to be in the community they’ve been in 40 to 50 years.”

The proposed project would include a nine-story building with 182 apartments and up to 24,000 square feet of retail/office space at 225 W. Campbell St., a five-story parking garage with 13 stories above adding 125 more units at 44 S. Highland Ave., along with a third, four-story building with 54 units at 33 S. Chestnut St.

Village staff had recommended the project include 18 affordable housing units priced at 60 percent of the area median income in the village.

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