Correction: A June 20 article about an Deerfield apartment ordinance change incorrectly said that it would apply to apartments at both the front and back of Main Street buildings. In fact, it only applies to apartments at the back of downtown buildings. We regret any confusion. The article has been revised online.
The Village of Deerfield is considering an ordinance change that would allow people to live on the back side of main floor downtown storefronts, that are zoned for commercial use.
The village’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 on June 17, with Jeff Quamme dissenting, to recommend the change. It will be considered by the Village Board on June 24.
Supporters, including local Realtor David Dinkel who is not on the Plan Commission but spoke during a public comments period, said it would allow vacant buildings to be filled.
“Those spaces could be housing,” he said. That, he said, could “stabilize downtown.”
Quamm, however, expressed concerns, saying there’s already quite a bit of housing on the upper stories of downtown buildings.