Target: Village President of Glen Ellyn, Alexander Demos and the Village Board
Goal: Stop residents of apartment buildings from being displaced
Residents of Parkside and Park Plaza apartments in Illinois recently received a notice informing them that, due to a proposal for the creation of a “Tax Increment Financing” area, they must prepare themselves for potential displacement. Urge the Village President of Glen Ellyn, Alexander Demos as well as the Village Board to reconsider the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act and oppose any future redevelopment plans that would displace residents from the homes they love.
Hundreds of people reside in the Parkside and Park Plaza apartments, and many of them are refugees and immigrants who have already endured the struggles of displacement before. In addition to the pains of displacement, residents would lose the rich community they have built over the years.
A video of the community illustrates the many reasons these residents love their apartments and would be at a great loss to leave it. Irving Ruiz, a Wheaton College Student, has lived in the apartment complex his entire life and claims the neighborhood has “potential for growth” that would ultimately be destroyed by displacement of residents. Residents love the education system and have created memories and history through friendships that deserve to be maintained. Pulling families out of their homes not only strains individuals, but it breaks apart a wonderful group of people who have built their lives around each other.
While the purpose of the plan is to provide for the redevelopment of “underutilized properties and buildings” as well as improve streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, and parking areas, the potential for benefit is greatly outweighed by the negative effects of resident displacement.
This unnecessary redevelopment plan should not infringe on the living space of Illinois apartment residents, and they need help in order to preserve their neighborhood. Support the communities of Parkside and Park Plaza by urging the Village President of Glen Ellyn, Alexander Demos and the Village Board to reconsider the Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act. No one deserves to be removed from a place they choose and love to live in.
Dear Village President of Glen Ellyn, Alexander Demos and the Village Board,
The residents of Parkside and Park Plaza of Illinois face displacement due to a redevelopment project plan, and you have the authority to stop it. The Tax Increment Allocation Redevelopment Act is a unnecessary excuse to displace residents, and there are certainly other means of improving community property without harming an entire neighborhood in the process.
In addition, it does no good to improve the quality of buildings and streets in Glen Ellyn if its residents are being torn away from their homes and communities because of it. I urge you to reconsider this harmful act, and leave the residents of Parkside and Park Plaza in peace.
[Your Name Here]
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