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Bloomington Housing Study Listening Sessions Continue

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(Alex Eady, WFIU/WTIU News)

Developers, realtors, and a few residents gathered at Bloomington City Hall today for another Housing Study Listening Session. 

Housing and Neighborhood Development set up the sessions to get feedback from different stakeholders in the community on the different types of housing available in the city. City officials say the information shared will help make estimates on future housing stock in Bloomington. 

The recent Regional Opportunity Initiatives housing study predicts Bloomington will need to add 2,236 more housing units by 2030. The study also projects the city will have a population of about 90,300 by then.

The proposed Unified Development Ordinance was a hot topic, with residents saying they were concerned outside developers would come in and shake up core neighborhoods with multifamily plexes. But those on the development side say that most likely won't be the case, because the development process in Bloomington is quite arduous. 

Amy Haase, a principal of RDG Planning and Design in Omaha, is overseeing the week's sessions as a third-party moderator. 

"It would appear to be more appealing to go do development in other locations than actually to do it here in Bloomington," Haase says. 

One of the developers in the meeting said of all the places they have worked, Bloomington is by far the most difficult to develop in. 

The sessions are scheduled through Thursday at City Hall.  

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