Evanston’s Plan Commission Wednesday night postponed a decision on whether to recommend approval of the proposed 16-story affordable housing development at 1900 Sherman Ave.

The delay came after a property owner within 1,000 feet of the site requested the postponement, as permitted under commission rules, to gather information to support objections to the development.

The vote now is scheduled to be taken at the commission’s Oct. 14 meeting.

The Housing Authority of Cook County project, called The Emerson, would be constructed next to HACC’s Perlman Apartments development and would be restricted to persons at least 55 years of age.

The tower would have 168 apartment units and 37 below-grade parking spaces.

The project is designed to include 34 rental units affordable to persons whose incomes are at or below 50% of area median income and an additional 10% of units targeted to “missing middle” households at 80% to 100% of AMI.

That’s a revision, announced at the Plan Commission meeting, from earlier versions of the proposal, which had designated the “missing middle” units for people with incomes from 80% to 120% of AMI.

The rest of the units would be priced at market rate, and HACC officials say the large number of market rate units is required to make the project economically viable.

HACC is seeking rezoning for the site along with a number of zoning variations.

The Plan Commission’s recommendation will go to the City Council, which will make the final decision on whether to approve the project.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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