Conservatory Green resident Chris Rundall has always been supportive of Stapleton figuring out a way to build affordable housing within the community. “We chose to live in the city,” said Rundall. “And a good city has diversity. Not just racial diversity, but socioeconomic diversity as well. Forest City and Stapleton are well behind their affordable homes plan, and something needs to be done. We didn’t move here to live in a private country club. We moved here to be part of the city, with a diverse range of people and backgrounds.” To Rundall’s pleasure, it was recently announced that 165 affordable homes are going to be built by Thrive Homebuilders in the Stapleton community. The homes will be for sale for between $172,000 and $199,900 and will have income qualified standards. “Just great news,” said Rundall. “I’m really looking forward to this project, and hope it is the beginning of many more of these projects. Not only is this good for the community, but it will hopefully start to change outsiders’ opinions of Stapleton.”
New residents of the affordable homes could be moving in as soon as the first of the year. “Great to hear,” said an ecstatic Rundall upon hearing the news. “The sooner the better. These residents will show that affordable housing does work in Stapleton, and should pave the way for more of these exciting projects.” The homes will be built in the Willow Park East, Wicker Park, and Conservatory Green neighborhoods. “I’m sorry, what was that?” asked Rundall upon hearing the location of the affordable homes. “Some are going to be built in Conservatory Green, my neighborhood? I’m all for this project, and meeting goals, but I’m not sure Conservatory Green is the best place to be building affordable housing. It simply doesn’t make a lot of sense in regards to the current layout. Shouldn’t they all be in one of these new neighborhoods, you know, just to test it.” Rundall plans on working with Forest City and the MCA to see if the construction sites are final, or if they are still finalizing them. “I really don’t like how quickly they are moving on this,” said Rundall. “This is something the current community members should have a say in, right? Where exactly are they going to be? Will this affect my property values? How are the local schools going to be affected? I really hope Forest City thought this through. Seems like this whole thing was done pretty hastily.” Yep, thrown together in just about 20 years.