This redevelopment plan has stirred major controversy among current community residents, neighborhood social service providers, and sympathetic outsiders for several reasons:
- The process. For several years, the developer secretly purchased properties in the community. No residents or resident body was consulted about their ideas or input for redevelopment of the community, therefore the plan may or may not reflect the ideals of current residents. As communicated by the residents, trust is non-existent between the developer and the residents.
- The design. The current design is a mix of both an urban and a suburban "look". Some residents believe that the historic nature of the community will be lost with this new "look" and should be completely retained.
- The funding. The developer plans to request a large sum of public money. Some residents and outsiders contend that a large amount of public funding should not be used to support a project by a for-profit real estate developer.
- The intended recipients. After redevelopment, many of the current residents may not be able to afford to live in the community. Although the developer has promised housing for all income levels, residents and advocates are skeptical that this idea will be realized.
- The plan. As part of the redevelopment, the plan calls for the destruction of many buildings, including current community institutions, such as an old ice cream store, and public spaces, including several run-down parks. Some residents lament that these spaces that are part of their history will be gone.
- Trust of the developer. Since the time that the developer has purchased properties, many have continued to deteriorate. Some residents do not understand the reasons that prevent a wealthy developer from maintaining his properties, and are angry that he is allowing the community to deteriorate further.
- Some feel that it does not make good business sense to invest money in upkeep on structures that will be destroyed.
- In addition, the race and socioeconomic differences between the developer and the majority of the residents are a factor in their ability to trust the developer.
- Lastly, the residents are fearful that unless the developer has the capacity and resources to truly implement the redevelopment plan, the community may be left with a half-developed community and lack of resources to complete the work.