CHICAGO (CBS) — Opponents of a development in the Uptown neighborhood that is displacing the homeless are accusing the city of tricking them into dropping their opposition.
WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Severe Storms, Including Risk Of Tornadoes And Large Hail, Later In Afternoon And Evening
Homeless people were removed last fall from the pedestrian mall near the former Stuart School, which is being turned into luxury condos. Andy Thayer, an organizer with the Uptown Tent City, claimed the city law department enticed them to a drop a challenge to the buildings’ permit at the mall.READ MORE: Police Call In SWAT Team After Woman Is Found Shot At Club Quarters Central Loop Hotel Downtown
After they dropped their challenge, Thayer said Chicago granted a more encompassing permit, allowing the condo developer to occupy the space the homeless people were kicked out of. He claims the new permit is not needed for the project and wants to sue the city saying it granted the permit under false pretenses.
“It is frankly just a campaign of harassment to force out poor people, out of our ward,” he said.MORE NEWS: Police Find Car, Arrest 3 People In Gunpoint Carjacking In Ashburn
A spokesman for the city’s law department is looking into the matter.