Community organization wary of Dearborn project, summits motion
Last updated 1-15-09 at 2:03 p.m.
The Inter*Im Community Development Association (ICDA) in Chinatown/International
District is known for its commitment to the surrounding community. It
has filed a motion to intervene on an appeal of the contract rezone
proposal for the Dearborn/Goodwill project, an urban development project,
which will potentially bring condos and a department store along with
additional affordable housing to the ID.
The developers at the helm of the project believe
that it will be more business to the lagging Dearborn street block.
Some community members, such as Inter*Im, have their doubts, worrying
that the development could drive out existing businesses.
Last fall, the hearing examiner recommended approval
of the contract rezone for the Dearborn/Goodwill
project to move forward. However, a former Jackson
Street community councilmember, Bill Bradburd,
filed a motion weeks later to appeal the hearing examiner’s decision.
Inter*Im Executive Director Hyeok Kim said, “Inter*Im filed the
motion to intervene in order to support Bill Bradburd’s appeal
because we still have fundamental concerns about
the scale, character and long-term impacts of the