Recap: Planning and Development Committee

The Hampton Parkway condo development that's triggered the proposal to place a moratorium on condo conversions (Google Maps).

Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting. On the agenda -- a proposal for a moratorium on condo deconversions and a proposed 60-unit subsidized housing development for seniors on Howard Street.

The meeting is now scheduled to start at 7:55 p.m. A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 7:55 p.m.

Minutes approved as amended. (Revelle voted no on P1).

Public Comment

Resident of of Hampton Parkway condo development. Says sale has been approved by a 75.66% margin. End of due diligence period is today, although may be stepped in for another 60 days. Says because this development is currently under contract, it probably won't be covered by the moratorium.

Sue Lowellbach from Connecitons for the Homeless speaks in favor of the Howard Street senior housing project. Says the number of seniors is growing. Says it's a really good project.

P1 - Condo deconversion moratorium

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says need to neutralize the problem of deconversion before they take place. Says not sure need a six month moratorium.

Says wants to look at the state regulations and see how the city can improve upon them.

Not sure what changes should be made. But buyers need to know that there's oversight  by the city.

More public comment

David Fisher opposed to moratorium Condo owner at 200 South Boulevard. Says his building is exploring the conversion process. Says its like taking care of fly on the wall with a sledgehammer.

Says conversion market gives owners now to get out from being underwater.

City Attorney Michelle Masoncup says could change the duration of the moratorium.

Johanna Leonard, community development director, says there will be some time needed to do research on the proposal.

Rainey suggests three months instead of six.

Says the complaints heard from Hampton Parkway are not unsual.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, says should have higher percentage requried for deconversions. But does't think should be imposing a moratorium. Sets an extremely dangerous precedent.

Says banks won't lend on a building that's underwater so people are trapped in their condo homes with no way out.

Says should act quickly on reforms -- but shoudn't impose a moratorium.

Rainey amends to three months. Rue Simmons seconds.

That amendment carries

On main motion its a tie vote -- with Wynne, Wilson and Suffredin voting no. So goes to Council with no recommendation.

P2 - 2008 Harrison

Is held.

P3 - Born2Win at 2510 Green Bay special use

Revelle reaises question about business hours. Leonard says will clarify when it comes back for action.

Approved for introduction on voice vote.

P4 - Planned development setabcks in residential districts

Approved

P5 - 999-1015 Howard planned development

Rainey says its been  a long time coming -- couldn't be more proud. Says building is really quite something. Says the new building will be on the property tax rolls -- will help bring more improvements to the area. Says developer has done great work in other areas. Team has been so reliable and responsible.

Suggests bringing this back for action on Jan. 21 rather than Jan. 27.

Masoncup says may create an issue because packet for Jan. 21 has already been submitted.

Approved. (Will see whether can bring it back on Jan. 21)

P6 - Daycare special use at 1012-1014 Davis, Guidepost Montessori

Suspending the rules for action tonight.

Approved

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Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, praises Masoncup who is moving on to a job with the state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Says she's done a superb job.

Masoncup says it's been a great job here -- offers a wide array of experience.

Also praised by Wilson, Revelle and Rainey.

Meeting adjourned at 8:24 p.m.

City Council to start at 8:30 p.m.

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