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Chase Bank one step closer on Gross Point

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Plans to build a Chase Bank branch at Crawford Avenue and Gross Point Road moved one step closer to approval Monday night.

Evanston aldermen approved a zoning amendment to permit a drive-thru as a special use on the corner lot that's now occupied by an abandoned gas station.

Although some neighbors continue to object to the much-revised bank plan, Alderman Mark Tendam, whose 6th Ward includes the site, said he's convinced more ward residents support the proposal.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, said the plan has been adjusted to address the neighbors' concerns and that the branch bank would be "a much less noxious use" than the gas station.

The bank branch developer originally proposed including the gas station lot, a vacant lot across an alley from it and a third lot beyond that as part of the project.

The latest version would eliminate any use of the third lot. The now-vacant lot would be deeded by the developer to the city to be used roughly half for public parking that would be leased to the bank for daytime use and half as green space to create a buffer from neighboring homes.

Only Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, voted against the zoning change.

The bank proposal for the drive-thru special use still needs to clear several more hurdles, including review by the city's Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning and Develpment Committee and the full City Council.

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