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TINLEY PARK, Ill. – Residents in Tinley Park are outraged over a proposal to build affordable housing, which they say they haven’t been informed about.

The housing will be built at a vacant lot on 183rd and Oak Park Ave.

It now could become home to “The Reserve,” a $16.5 million dollar, three story, 47-unit affordable housing project.

Development company Buckeye Community Hope Foundation submitted plans to the village of Tinley Park in October, and plan to break ground in May.

Things got heated at a recent village board meeting.

Residents say they've been left in the dark about the project.

There was also an apparent change in zoning law attorney Stephen Eberhardt says neither the mayor nor planning board seemed to be aware of -- that allowed this project to move forward.

“This developer came in and for his own financial benefit basically said ‘I cannot and will not do commercial on the first floor,’ and that's where it looks like village staff changed things and bulldozed things through the board,” said Eberhardt.

Planning Director Amy Connolly is now on paid administrative leave--and an external investigation is underway--as citizens demand answers and transparency.

Tinley Park's mayor said he cannot comment because of the investigation.

WGN reached out to Buckeye but they did not respond.

The final vote before breaking ground is currently delayed because of investigation.

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