By Brendan Saunders and Howard Schickler
A congregation, a community-based organization, and a private developer—Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church, the Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, and Brinshore Development, LLC—came together around a vision: housing for working families in Deerfield. That vision crystallized into a proposal for a 48-unit rental development that they presented to the village’s Plan Commission in May.
At the May Plan Commission meeting, many residents expressed their opinions. Advocates emphasized Deerfield’s need to create room for the local workforce and their families in housing they can afford. They offered studies that demonstrated there would be no traffic impact, and local school board representatives reported that there is ample space for new students. Without offering any contrary evidence, opponents argued that the development would disrupt traffic, would burden schools, and would “not fit in the neighborhood.”
Now it is time for supporters to come together and make their voices heard!