Developers of the old National School Towel Service property at 1815 Ridge Ave. in Evanston unveiled plans Thursday evening to construct on the site a 12-story building with up to 150-assisted living units for senior citizens.

Developer Michael McLean of Condor Partners told residents at a 2nd Ward meeting that the site is “one of the last developable parcels downtown.”

The building is “meant to be a rental project, not a million dollar buy-in project like the Mather,” McLean added.

He said the proposed building was designed to fit within the parcel’s D4 or “downtown transitional” zoning, but that he was “sure it will be tweaked and changed” in the city’s review process and that ther would be several opportunities for community residents to make suggestions about it.

Michael McLean of Condor Partners.

He said that facility would employ about 100 people and that he hoped a lot of those employees would come from within Evanston.

He said the location would provide convenient access via Green Bay Road for people on the North Shore as far north as Highland Park to visit family members living at the facility, and that, unlike facilities in more suburban settings, would offer residents the opportunity to get off the property and shop in downtown Evanston.

Condor Partners in a joint venture with Centrum Partners has another project underway in Evanston — the 1571 Maple Ave. development approved by the City Council in April.

McLean said the market-rate development would offer a variety of levels of care, from independent living through assisted living and memory care.

He said inclusion of an affordable housing component in the project would be addressed in negotiation with city officials.

McLean said the project was designed to have “no physical impact at all” on the adjacent Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at 1113 Clark St. and that it would provide for upgrading the alley between the two parcels.

He said he hoped to meet soon with church leaders to discuss the plans.

The planned development project will require review by the city’s Plan Commission and approval by the City Council, a process that’s likely to take at least six months.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Shopping?

    Ha ha, what possibly could an assisted living person shop for in downtown Evanston? The library is the best and only thing. besides medical buildings.

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