University criticized for plans to build student housing

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CHICAGO (AP) — Northeastern Illinois University is being accused of embarking on a land grab by businesses along a Chicago street the school wants to build student housing.

Northeastern Illinois officials argue the construction of housing is vital to the university's future and its mission. The university is currently a commuter school.

The university wants to build multi-level student housing and a shopping complex along Bryn Mawr Ave.

Opponents say the 10,000 student university should build on its own property before engaging in eminent domain. Christina Walsh of the Center for Justice contends eminent domain is for public uses that are needed by the public, "not a tool of convenience."

Chuck Good of the university's alumni association says the housing will complement the school's mission to serve the greater good for a diverse student body.

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