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Wheaton College Student Housing Expansion Plans Draws Protest

Some neighbors say adding more student housing will have negative effects on them.

The Wheaton City Council voted 6-1 to advance Wheaton College’s $2.5 million proposal to build five new buildings at Harrison and Irving avenues to house 48 students, the Chicago Tribune reports.


The measure, which the council gave its initial approval to Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, is scheduled for a formal vote on Jan. 21.


Wheaton College has submitted a zoning application for the project, and the council action allows an attorney to draft a formal approval of the project.


The proposal is not without controversy, according to the Tribune, which reports that some neighbors fear the project will have a negative impact both on their quality of life and on their property values.


  • Read more details in the Tribune story.


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