Evanston aldermen this evening voted 6-3 to introduce an ordinance that would approve plans for a four-story retail and condominium complex on the Central Street site of the shuttered Evanston Theaters.

Signs failed to win over aldermen.

The vote came after the developer presented a revised plan for parking that eliminated two garage entrances and added 19 parking spaces off the alley.

That change has the effect of adding a little more space to the narrow alley behind the proposed building and satisfied at least one neighbor living across the alley, although it did not satisfy many other area residents who turned out in force to speak against the development.

The proposal will get another hearing before the aldermen at the committee’s next meeting on Feb. 12.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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