Evanston zoning officials this week received a proposal from a developer to build a 16-story building that would occupy most of the west side of Sherman Avenue in the block between Lake and Grove streets downtown.
A summary of the proposal contained in a weekly zoning update issued this afternoon says the developers are proposing a project that would have first-floor commercial, 298 dwelling units and 192 parking spaces.
The property is located in the city’s D4 Downtown Transitional zoning district, which permits a height for residential buildings with enclosed parking decks of up to 145 feet.
The site is roughly 36,000 square feet in size, which means the project is required to go through city’s planned development process. That process permits the City Council to grant development allowances that could result in greater height than otherwise permited under the zoning code in return for various public benefits.
A rendering of the proposed new building, with the existing Rotary International building at right.
It is across the street from the 12-story Holiday Inn and just south of the 18-story Rotary International building.
It’s also in one of the city’s transit-oriented development districts that permit reduced amounts of parking for buildings close to mass transit stations.
Alderman Don Wilson, whose 4th Ward includes the site, said he hadn’t yet met with the developer, but his initial sense was that the proposal was too big for the site.
The properties that would be redeveloped as part of the project include two long-time downtown dining spots, Prairie Moon and Tommy Nevin’s.
According to county and state records, the current owners of the northern part of the site are two limited liability companies managed by Jacqueline J. Goldberg of 718 Ridge Ave., who was in the news four years ago when she lost a lawsuit to Donald Trump in a dispute over condo units she’d bought in Chicago’s Trump Tower. As of earlier this year she was still trying to sell one of those condos.
She bought part of the Sherman Avenue property in 1999 for about $1.3 million and the rest in 2007 for $2.2 million.
The Nevin’s property, at the south end of the block, is owned by Nevins Real Estate LLC of Willowbrook, which acquired it for $1.3 million in 2003.
The developer is Albion Residential of Chicago.
The proposal was submitted as a request for a zoning analysis, the most preliminary review by city staff in an approval process that often can take a year or more.