Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to review plans for a 17-story, age-restricted apartment development proposed for what’s now a parking lot at 1727 Oak Ave. downtown.
The building, with 169 apartment units and 136 parking spaces, received a favorable recommendation from the Plan Commission on a 6-1 vote last month.
Developer Trammell Crow is seeking site development allowances for the number of units and the building’s height.
The building is proposed to be 176 feet tall. Under the city’s zoning code it could be as tall as 210 feet with site development allowances.
The parking lot formerly served the adjacent 1007 Church St. office building, but city officials say that building will still meet city parking requirements — because it has 300 spaces available in the parking garage that’s part of the Sienna Court condo development across the street and is only required to have 294 parking spaces.
The nw building would have 26 studio apartments, 91 one-bedroom units and 52 two-bedroom units. Apartments would range in size from 569 to 1,245 square feet.
Some residents of Sienna Court have claimed that parking for the new development is inadequate and that it would create traffic congestion, but a parking and traffic study submitted by the developer says it won’t have an adverse impact.
The developer has agreed to provide 17 studio and/or one-bedroom units in the development as on-site affordable housing for 25 years. Four units would be affordable to persons earning no more than 50 percent of area median income, five units at 60 percent and eight units at 80 percent of AMI.