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New development discussed in Carbondale

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CARBONDALE-- A proposed concept will come to the Carbondale City Council that could revitalize the former high school football field. 

"The product we have proposed it's just not found in southern Illinois" said city manager Gary Williams. 

This suburban like concept would offer 20 new homes, the first formal development concept since the property sold in 2016. 

"What we've been really focused on in the last couple years is providing options and incentives for people … where it makes more sense to be in Carbondale." Williams said. 

"To be honest if it's a good quality housing it would sell, that means it puts the pressure on those who don't maintain those properties" said Councilman Navreet Kang.

Kang hopes new housing will encourage others to reconsider their property value. 

A private property advocacy group in Illinois claims that 6 percent less homes were sold in January across the state compared to last year. 

But local realtor Nikki Rishel says the housing market is up over 1 percent in Carbondale. 

"I know two years ago we used to be more of a rental town, in fact only about 26 percent of residents own their own house, but now the people that have been renting the last two years are buying," Rishel said. 

And the city hopes this new concept won't hurt those homes currently on the market. 

"Maybe adding a little new housing stock to the community but not enough adding enough that it will have an impact on existing homes that need to be sold." Williams said. 

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