Architect Dan Coffey says the developers of a 37-story tower proposed to be constructed atop the landmark Hahn Building on Evanston’s Fountain Square block “are not opposed” to construction of a proposed 49-story tower on the adjacent 708 Church St. site.

Hahn Building tower

A rendering of the 37-story tower designed by Daniel P. Coffey & Associates.

Mr. Coffey told aldermen last night that the north-facing units in his design are oriented primarily on a 45 degree angle to either the northeast or southeast — reducing the impact of the adjacent tower on his project.

The presentation to the City Council of the project from developers R.D. Horner & Associates and HSA Commercial largely tracked what the development team told the city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee last week. (Read last week’s story.)

After a heated discussion, aldermen voted 7-2 not to go into executive session to discuss a possible sale or lease of land beneath the surface of Fountain Square for use as a parking garage for the development, or the developers’ proposal to have a portion of the restaurant at the south end of the site encroach on city land.

Alderman Steve Bernstein, 4th Ward, argued against listening to the developers’ presentation in a public meeting and moved to hold the executive session.

But Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said that since the project had already been discussed at the site plan meeting, “that cat’s out of the bag, it’s already been publicly discussed” that the developer wants to acquire some rights to Fountain Square.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Two Towers? Sounds like copyright infringement to me
    The two towers between Mordor and Isengard, Barad-dúr and Orthanc, have united in their lust for destruction. The corrupt wizard Saruman, under the power of the Dark Lord Sauron, and his slimy assistant, Gríma Wormtongue, have created a grand Uruk-hai army bent on the destruction of Man and Middle-earth.

    Change a few names and you might be looking at a news story about downtown Evanston.

    1. The Two Fingers

      Fear not!

      The Council has the mighty weapon to solve all our problems.

      It is the magic ring of DEVELOPMENT, with powers to create a new Civic Center and defeat pension funds with magic TIFs, given to them by the mighty duo of Art and Marty, before they ascended beyond 40 stories.


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