Plans for a 47-unit rental residential development at 1620 Central St. were unveiled at a community meeting at Evanston’s Ecology Center Thursday evening.
The project, from developer Real Capital Solutions, would replace a long-vacant office building which several years ago had been proposed to become a dormitory for students with learning disabilities participating in a program at National Louis University.
1620 Central St. in an image from Google Maps.
About 40 people, most of them residents of adjoining townhome buildings or single family homes around the corner on Ashland Avenue, attended the meeting arranged by Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward.
Architect John Myefski of Myefski Architects in Evanston stressed that the plans at this point were quite preliminary and that he would be happy to meet with residents who had concerns about how the building would affect neighboring properties.
The site is located in an Office-1 zone, which permits a building height of 52 feet and a floor-area-ration of 2.0, but requires a 27-foot front setback.
The project is being proposed as a planned unit development. It calls for a height of 47 feet, a floor area ratio of 2.05 and a front setback ranging from five to 15 feet — which is greater than that of adjoining buildings on the block.
An aerial view of the 1600 block of Central Street from the City of Evanston website.
Concerns expressed by residents at the meeting mainly focused on the side-yard setbacks from neighboring buildings and how traffic from the building would affect the busy alley south of Central Street, which is used by parents dropping off and picking up students from St. Athanasius School.
Residents listen to the architect’s presentation.
The plans call for 13 surface parking spaces at the rear of the property and 58 more spaces in an underground parking garage which would be entered from the alley.
A site plan for the development.
The building would have mostly two-bedroom apartments with a few one-bedroom and three-bedroom units. Myefski said that with its location between the Central Street Metra and CTA stations, the development designed to appeal young professionals and empty-nesters.
He said the developers plan to submit the project for city review later this summer. The approval process typically takes three to six months, with a final decision on all planned developments made by the City Council.