Last Wednesday, I sent a notice regarding a community meeting to review a proposal to add two new affordable dwelling units to the basement of a six-flat apartment building at 7255 N. Bell. I mistakenly stated the units would be accessible to people with mobility impairments. Though the units will provide affordable, below market-rate housing, the physical constraints of the building and the surrounding property prevent them from being accessible.
The misunderstanding was mine and mine alone. I apologize for the confusion. Below is the corrected version of the email I sent last Wednesday:
The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 14th, 7:00 p.m., at the St. Margaret Mary’s Activity Center, 7341 N. Claremont.
The new basement units are intended to provide affordable, below-market rate housing to families and individuals. A restrictive covenant will keep the units affordable for the next ten years.
The building rests on a 6,250 square-foot lot. The proposal requires a zoning change on the property from its current classification, RT4, which allows one dwelling unit for every 1,000 square feet of lot area, to RM4.5, which allows one dwelling unit for every 700 square feet of lot area.
Marty Cerny of Housing Plus, LLC, and Andy Ahitow, one of the owners of the property, will present their plans and respond to your questions.
For a copy of the proposed floor plans for the new units, click on the attachment below:
I encourage you to attend the meeting to learn more about the proposal and express your views. If you are unable to attend, please feel free to share your comments with me by replying to this email or calling 773-338-5796.