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A beef has been stewing over the affordable housing component of Uptown's 800+ unit Maryville development. The city requires a 20% affordable unit share for projects receiving TIF assistance, unless $100K is paid for every unit below that quota. JDL Development Prez James Letchinger tells DNAinfo that between five and ten percent is more likely: "It's definitely not going to get to 20 percent," he said, stressing "the affordable [housing] people aren't going to drive the zoning committee decision." The activist group Organization of the Northeast (ONE) will continue to push for more, arguing that Uptown has a more acute rental affordability issue than assumed. JDL's definition of 'affordability' in this case is about $1,200/month for a one-bed. [DNAinfo, previously]