Developers presented plans for a five-story, 120 unit apartment building at an Evanston 4th Ward meeting Thursday evening that would replace the Vogue Fabrics building at 718 Main St.
Rogie Sussman Faber said she and the other third-generation family owners of Vogue, which opened in Evanston in 1945, want to create a new, more efficient store on a new site — “a Sam’s Club of fabrics,” she called it — with an open floor plan and central checkout.
To do that, she said, they need to sell the Main Street store and their existing warehouse on Hartrey Avenue “and move to a better facility for us.”
Paul Dincin of Catapult Real Estate Solutions said he grew up in Evanston and has been doing real estate development work for 20 years.
Andy Ahitow of CityPads said the project would include 10 percent affordable housing units on site under Evanston’s inclusionary housing ordinance. Those units would be available to persons making no more than 60% of area median income.
As for the market-rate units, Ahitow said the developers planned to target people making $50,000 to $70,000 a year, and provide units that — while somewhat smaller than average — would have a price point “far below what others provide.”
He said half the apartments would be studios. Most of the rest would be one-bedroom units, but there would also be about a dozen two-bedroom apartments.
Studios would run between 435 and 450 square feet, one bedrooms would average 600 square feet and two bedrooms 935 square feet.
Monthly rents would be about $1,592 for studios, $2,200 for one bedrooms and $2,700 for two bedroom units.
The building would have 47 enclosed parking spaces and would include a 10-foot wide walkway at its eastern edge to provide access to off-street parking behind the Main Street storefronts.
It will require a number of planned development allowances. Formal city review of the plans is expected to begin with the Design and Project Review Committee meeting at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Neighbors at the meeting expressed a variety of opinions about the proposal, with some offering support, while others expressed concerns about issues including traffic in the alley south of Main Street, separation of the planned building from adjoining townhouses and the limited amount of retail space in the new building.