Neighbors Raise Concerns About Proposed Apartments

By Kayla Moody

Published 07/02 2014 10:37PM

Updated 07/02 2014 10:43PM

In Webster County, Sebree residents are raising their brows at a proposal to build a new apartment complex. A local businessman wants to build apartment housing east of Sellers Street, between Webster and Jefferson.

The $1.5 million plan calls for 32 apartments spread across four two-story buildings. People who live near the proposed apartment site say they have lots of questions about the project, particularly who will be living there. The developer recently told The Sebree Banner he was looking to attract tenants in the working class, noting mining expansion in McLean County, work on the I-69 interchange and other development.

"We're kinda hoping it's gonna be good but in a way we're also worried. The school is really full, there's minimal amounts of stores and stuff here already," said Jennifer Smith, who lives next to the proposed housing site. "It's a concern to bring that many more people into such a small town like this."

The land needs to be rezoned for residential use before construction can begin. The Sebree City Council is slated to discuss the rezoning Monday at 5 p.m. Community members are expected to attend to voice their questions and concerns about the proposal.

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