Aldermen pave way for controversial 15-story building in downtown Evanston

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:14:13 AM. Evanston aldermen on Monday approved a controversial 15-story development downtown.
aldermen on Monday approved a special use permit for a proposed – and controversial –15-story development downtown, satisfying those who hope the building will bring more business and people to the heart of town while disappointing others who say it threatens the charm and flavor of Evanston. "Supporting the Albion will be beneficial," said Rohit Sahajpal, co-owner of Tommy Nevin's Pub, which sits on the property where the new tower that is proposed by Albion Residential developers is slated to go. A lack of downtown foot traffic has hurt business at the pub, Sahajpal said. He cited that is a reason he will foclose the restaurant for good on Nov. 22. Residents from an 15-story downtown residential tower could help nearby businesses avoid a similar fate. The City Council voted 5-4 to adopt an ordinace that approves the special use permit. The proposal for the Albion, which the development is commonly known as, calls for 6,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, 273 residential unit, a building height of 145 feet and 200 parking spaces on the second and third floors, according to plans the developer submitted to city officials. The top floors would feature " a modern 12-story glass and metal veneer residential tower above the base that is set back from the street in a curvilinear S shape," according to the development proposal. In voting against the ordinance, Ald. Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, called the project too big. As proposed, the 15-story building would be...Read more
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