Residents oppose new Taft Homes site

By WEEK Reporter

March 10, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 11:45 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Monday night, more residents voiced strong opposition to a proposal that would relocate Taft Homes residents.

Residents living near the newest proposed site on Brandywine Drive packed Monday night's community meeting.

They voiced concerns of increased traffic, increased crime, and decreased property values.

"Check out how many businesses are thriving, how many houses are close to it are thriving and check out the condition of those homes and check out their property values and tax bases," said one resident speaking of the current Taft Homes location.

"You cannot continue to put all of us in a category that we are going to bring increased crime or whatever because that is not and I refuse to allow you or anyone else in this room to make me a statistic," said one Taft Homes resident.

The other two locations are the 900 block of North East Jefferson and the 2900 block of West Lake Avenue.

The Taft Homes on Eaten Street currently houses 216 units.

PHA officials have said the goal is to disperse poverty in the city.

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