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Next month, Riverdale officials will continue their attempt to strengthen the village's affordable housing with a redevelopment plan to revitalize the Pacesetter community.

The Pacesetter subdivision, built in the late 1950s, has been seen as the village's trouble spot with absentee landlords, transient tenants and numerous tracts of vacant, underutilized or polluted industrial land.

"Two or three years ago, I wanted to do acquisition and demolition in that area and put up middle- to high-income model homes," Riverdale village president Zenovia Evans said.

"But when we found out the cost to do that and the large gap that we had, we got in touch with ULI through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and the Metropolitan Planning Council .

"The residents of Pacesetter are aware, waiting and willing to work with us to help them clean it up."

The ULI Evans referred to is Chicago's Urban Land Institute, which along with the Campaign for Sensible Growth , initially met with village officials in August.

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