Marchers protest use of TIF funds for apartment building in Uptown

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Protesters outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home on Sat., Feb. 6, 2016.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Protesters called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cancel plans to use TIF authority funds for construction of a luxury apartment building in the Uptown neighborhood.

Marchers held a rally on Saturday at the site of the building, located at Montrose and Clarendon, before marching to the mayor's house.

Tax increment financing (TIF) funds are captured from increases in property taxes collected over a specific period of time in an area designated by city officials. Strict state laws regulate how the money is used.

Protesters said TIF money should be used for things such as schools and affordable housing.

As part of the proposed TIF assistance agreement, the developer would provide $4.6 million for immediate improvements to Clarendon Park, $2.85 million for homeless prevention, $2.85 million for affordable housing construction throughout the city, and 20 affordable housing units on site, according to Dave Reifman, the city's Department of Public Development commissioner.

Reifman said the proposed project would also have a $3 million annual tax impact and create up to 60 permanent full-time jobs and 675 construction jobs.

He said that no residents will be displaced as part of the plan as the facility has been vacant.