The Pilsen Alliance community group encouraged and praised TRP for wanting to develop the area, as such a development would have tremendous impact given the shortage of affordable housing options. Pilsen Alliance also sees it as an important step that TRP is collecting resident feedback to develop the site based on community needs. The area has seen new affordable housing built for seniors, but it has a big shortage and even bigger demand for affordable housing among Pilsen’s working families.
Byron Sigcho, director of Pilsen Alliance, thinks this is a great opportunity to develop a project that would provide both affordable housing and green space.
“It will also strike a balance between private development and community oriented development that will take into account the needs of the community in order to maintain the diverse and inclusive community that we all love,” Sigcho said.
Pilsen Alliance held a community discussion recently that gave Pilsen residents the opportunity to participate in a live/online survey about land use. The top choice was affordable housing for families, followed by green space. “We agree with most community members on the need of more affordable housing for families but also that more community input is needed to develop this project,” Sigcho said.
Sigcho added that the Pilsen Land Use Committee, which oversees reviewing zoning changes and development, soon will begin calling public hearings and “opening up the process to more residents and organizations in order to have a completely transparent and inclusive process that will allow us to have a successful project after years of proposals that did not satisfy the community’s needs.”
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