Housing Development Takes Another Course

Despite community pressure, the City of Waukegan, IL must allow a developer to build a housing subdivision through a golf course, making many nearby residents angry.
October 5, 2003, 5am PDT | Connie Chung
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"The neighbors don't want it, and Waukegan aldermen voted it down, but an $80 million plan to replace nine holes at Midlane Country Club with 335 homes is set to move forward." Facing public pressure from residents who expressed concerns over traffic problems, flooding and loss of open space, the city rejected the developer's plans. "The developer, Midlane Partners LP, took the city to court, arguing that the area had been zoned since 1989 to allow for more than the number of houses proposed." One longtime resident commented:"'We were hoping for no development on this property and have fought to that end and will continue fighting to that end until the ground is dug.'"

Thanks to Connie Chung

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Published on Wednesday, October 1, 2003 in The Chicago Tribune
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