Plans to Convert Downtown Church into Senior Housing to Face Opposition
An attorney for the Joliet law firm that owns a building next to the vacant St. Mary Carmelite Church calls the remodeling expense a waste of taxpayer money.
Plans to convert the vacant St. Mary Carmelite Church into housing for low-income seniors is an “obscene” waste of taxpayer money, according to attorney Richard Kavanagh.
Kavanagh, whose law firm owns the building next to the 113 Ottawa St. church, will attend Monday's Joliet City Council meeting to oppose the project, which has been projected to cost about $22 million and create 40 apartments, according to a story in the Joliet Herald-News.
“Why do you think federal tax dollars should be used to subsidize 40 apartment units when you could build 200 of them someplace else for the same money,” Kavanagh told the paper.
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