Friday, July 28, 2006

Teardown timeout

OP’s village board reaches out:

Oak Park trustees are looking to stop teardowns that are threatening predominantly single-family blocks in multifamily zones.

At a study session Thursday, trustees directed Village Attorney Ray Heise to draft an ordinance that would prohibit demolition permits to be issued for single-family homes and small flats in multifamily districts for 90 days.

Trustees expect to have a first reading of the ordinance at a special meeting tomorrow, and vote to adopt it Monday.

That’s fast work, but

"We have the power as a home-rule community to do it," said Trustee Robert Milstein, who led the charge for a moratorium. "We need to have some courage as a board."

We can’t let that power go to waste, can we?

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