City OKs University Village rezone

By Jackie Nevarez

The rezoning of University Village was approved by the City Council with a 5-3 vote Monday after more than two hours of discussion.

The request proposes to rezone the property, 722 N. Annie Glidden Road, in order to ensure funding from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. University Village’s current zoning would not be allowed to rebuild to its current state if 50 percent of the property were destroyed in a catastrophic event.

DeKalb Mayor John Rey voted yes to pass the ordinance with a 5-3 vote, similar to the Aug. 24 vote of 4-3 for the first reading of the ordinance.

Second ward Alderman Bill Finucane, 5th ward Alderperson Kate Noreiko, 3rd ward Alderman Michael Marquardt and 7th ward Alderperson Monica O’Leary voted for the rezoning of the property, while 4th ward Alderman Bob Snow, 6th ward Alderman Dave Baker and 1st ward Alderman David Jacobson voted against the ordinance.

Jacobson, who was opposed to the ordinance, said the property’s insurance should be enough in the case of a catastrophe, and Security Properties, who requested the rezoning, did not need additional protection.

Close to 15 DeKalb residents contributed to more than an hour of the discussion prior to the vote, with public comments both in approval of the ordinance and against it.

University Village resident Tiara Huggins said she the major issue at hand was the upkeep of the University Village property, which she said Security Properties could provide.

“Their plan will not only improve the living environment for the residents residing at University Village, but it will help build a better sense of community in the area where residents once felt isolated in the community which we live,” Huggins said.