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Posted on: May 16, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Council Member Burke Statement on Proposed Apartment Renovations

On Monday night the City Council approved a $750,000 plan to renovate ten city-owned apartments at 1200 Willie Davis Drive and 1635 N. Cleveland Ave. The renovations will include necessary repairs and updates. Landscaping, cabinets, countertops and appliances will be upgraded to match those planned for the new apartments under the Choice Neighborhood Initiative on Cleveland Avenue. Residents’ rents will remain unchanged through May 31, 2024.  

Council Member Barbara Burke, who represents the Northeast Ward, issued the following statement today on the council’s action: 

“For far too long, certain communities in our city have suffered inequities in housing. I am committed to not just talking about these issues but resolving them. Therefore, as it pertains to these properties, my goal is not to simply do a few minimal renovations. My goal is and has always been to completely renovate and upgrade these properties.  

“Providing residents with upgraded homes is not an injustice. In communities that have been passed over financially for decades, these home renovations are what justice actually looks like. Now we are one step closer to giving residents the peace of mind they deserve by providing them with safe, quality, affordable housing. Due to prior communications with the attorney representing the tenants and out of respect for the attorney-client relationship, communications have occurred with the tenants through their attorney. 

“While it is not my desire to sell the property to anyone motivated by profit, I realize that I am just one vote. However, should discussions ensue regarding the sale of the property, it will be my intent to include a declaration of a restrictive covenant, consistent with the city’s affordable housing ordinance, that limits the amount that any new owner can charge for rent for years to come. My desire is that the current residents will be able to stay in the properties for as many years as they desire.” 

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