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Aldermen to talk beach and booze

The Evanston City Council tonight is expected to vote on rebuilding the restroom building at the Clark Street beach and whether to permit a liquor store in the Hahn Building downtown.


The Evanston City Council tonight is expected to vote on rebuilding the restroom building at the Clark Street beach and whether to permit a liquor store in the Hahn Building downtown.

The Administration and Public Works Committee is scheduled to review a plan to spend nearly $1.2 million to rebuild the restroom building, making it handicap accessible, and creating a new beach access road from Clark Street, replacing the current one at Church Street.

The committee will also consider whether to apply for a federal grant to replace one of the city’s 19-year-old fire department aerial ladder trucks. If the $1.2 million grant were to be awarded, the city would have to come up with $240,000 in matching funds for the new truck.

The Planning and Development Committee will consider whether to uphold a 3-2 vote by the Zoning Board of Appeals to deny a request for a special use permit to open a liquor store in the site of the former Dr. Wax record shop at 1615 Sherman Ave.

ZBA members who objected to the liquor store proposal said they worried that it would have a “negative cumulative effect” on the downtown area.

They also expressed concern that owner Gerardo Pina, a recent college graduate, might not have enough experience to run the business successfully.

The council is also scheduled to consider proposals from the Human Services Committee to limit the number of cats residents can have and to adopt an ordinance requiring green building techniques on major new construction projects in the city.

We’ll have live coverage of the committee and council sessions starting at 5:30 tonight.

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