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Development Watch: Portage Park

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The city has approved a zoning change for a chunky parcel behind the Jewel at the edge of Portage Park's Six Corners Shopping District, allowing for the construction of 98 units of senior housing (90% affordable) in a four-story structure with 34 parking spaces. The project is controversial for all the usual reasons: increased traffic, strain on storm water and electric infrastructure, and scale among low-density residential blocks. The parcel was originally set to host 12 single-family homes (like the new-builds just to the north). The argument that this new proposal would help seniors stay put in their old neighborhoods won the day. Construction should begin in the fall and finish 18 months later. [DNAinfo]