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