In one of the few recent proposals for new multi-family construction in Evanston, a developer is scheduled to take plans for a five-story, seven-unit apartment building on Hinman Avenue before the city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee Wednesday afternoon.

910 Hinman Ave., before it was recently torn down.

The proposal from Kevin Pearson, on behalf of property owner Esskay III Series LLC, requests zoning relief to construct a 54’8” tall building at 910 Hinman Ave. The area’s R5 General Residential District zoning allows a maximum building height of 50 feet.

The proposal will also be subject to review by the Zoning Board of Appeals before a final vote by the City Council.

The property, which had contained a large old home subdivided into apartments until it was recently torn down, is flanked by a four-story vintage apartment and retail building to the left that occupies the northwest corner of Hinman Avenue and Main Street, and a newer three story condominium building to the right.

The new owners bought the building in April for $375,000, according to county property records, which also indicate a series judgments received by the city against the previous owners in recent years, apparently for property code violations.

Note: Thanks to the two alert readers who tipped us about the demise of the house.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Reason for request

    Hello Bill,

    As one of the developers I just wanted to clarify  that are not asking for a height varience in order to increase the  number of floors for our project, 50 ft allows for a 5 story building quite comfortably. The problem is the land slopes some 3 ft from the alley to the street and we need the extra height to be able to build on top of the land rather then having to dig backwards into the slope. The effect of "sinking" the building somewhat from street level would be detrimental on several levels.

    Esskay 111 is an evanston company and I live  just behind the site on 515 Main and  our office is on 900 Chicago Av. If  my neighbors or anyone else  would like any further information on the project or further clarifications please feel free to e mail me.


    Kevin Pearson

    Esskay Development


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