A rendering of the proposed development looking southwest, showing how it adjoins a self-storage business to the east and a live-work apartment development to the west.

Plans to build two-dozen rental apartments at 2030 Greenwood Ave. are now headed to the Evanston City Council.

The Zoning Board of Appeals and the Plan Commission recommended approval of rezoning and variations for the project at a meeting Wednesday night.

The plans call for rezoning the vacant lot from the current I2 industrial zoning of much of the rest of the block to the MXE mixed use employment district zoning of the live-work loft building just to the west of the site at 2100 Greenwood St.

The Plan Commission voted 5-0 in favor of the proposed map amendment for the rezoning while the Zoning Board of Appeals voted 3-1 to recommend approval of the variations.

City staff initially said that the 3-1 vote would hold up the project until a later ZBA meeting, but later determined that a fourth vote in favor was only required when the ZBA is the determining body for a case.

The development will include two affordable units as required by the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance and two ground-level units that will be fully handicap accessible for a person in a wheelchair.

The development will have six apartments, a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, in a building facing Greenwood Street, and, behind that, 18-more apartments, all two-bedroom units, in a four-story building with garage parking on the ground level. The pedestrian entrance to those units will be from a landscaped courtyard on the west side of the property.

The garages will provide tandem parking for 36 cars and there will be two additional parking spaces behind the building that faces Greenwood.

A date when the City Council will take up the project has not yet been announced.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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