A map of the area surrounding the 606 Bloomingdale where single-family home construction will be limited under an ordinance set for final approval on Wednesday [Chicago Department of Planning and Development]

Aldermen on Tuesday overwhelmingly advanced a pair of measures aimed at stemming displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods despite reservations from some council members who said the new rules could bump into legal challenges.

Under the companion ordinances (O2020-6206O2020-6207) introduced by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, developers would need to apply for zoning changes in order to create single-family homes in parts of the Pilsen and the Near Northwest Side that are zoned for multi-family housing. Long advocated by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association and other housing organizers, the measures are designed to slow the conversion of small, naturally-affordable apartment buildings into million-dollar single-family homes.

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