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July 16, 2003
UCC, area block clubs to oppose zoning variance for homeless shelter
By John Walker, Special to Inside

The Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC) and members of several area block clubs will protest a request by an operator of a transitional residence for homeless families to become a permanent facility at a hearing before the City of Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals Friday, July 18. The board has received more than 300 signed petitions protesting the request. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, 121 N. La Salle St., Room 200.

The request, by Cornerstone Community Outreach, seeks to obtain a "special use" zoning variance for its Sylvia Center, located at 4615 N. Clifton Ave. The variance would allow the transitional residence and community center for homeless families to operate permanently in what is currently zoned as restricted commercial, or C1-4, district.

But UCC and area residents say the shelter's numerous code violations and refusal to deal with criminal activity put the well-being of shelter residents and the larger community in jeopardy.

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