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Aldermen get 718 Main apartments plan

A rendering of the proposed 718 Main St. development.

Evanston’s City Council tonight is scheduled to discuss plans for a five-story mixed use building at 718-732 Main St..

The development would replace the existing Vogue Fabrics store and provide 120 apartments, including 12 inclusionary housing units, and 47 parking spaces along with 3,774 square feet of retail space.

There have been a few modifications to the proposal since it was unanimously approved by the Plan Commission last month.

Paul Dincin, of developer Catapult Real Estate Solutions, says a walkway to parking off the alley behind the building has been eliminated. Instead there will be an alcove at the front of the property as a possible outdoor seating area for a restaurant.

A revised drawing showing the ground floor plan for 718 Main St.

Behind that there will be a one-story section of the building that will house various mechanical functions, including electrical transformers. The previous open-air location of the transforms, near adjoining townhouses, had drawn complaints from residents of the townhomes.

Aldermen tonight will also consider a request from the developer of the proposed office building at 605 Davis St. for an 18-month extension of time to obtain a building permit for that planned development. The COVID-19 pandemic has created substantial uncertainty about the financial prospects for new office developments. The office tower was approved by the City Council last April.

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