Developer David Brown won approval from Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee this afternoon for changes to his proposed mixed use development at 100 Chicago Ave.

The changes reconfigure the retail space on the ground floor of the five-story building and the adjoining parking lot. The changes, Brown said, became necessary after City Grange, the original garden center tenant for the space, had to drop out of the project because of an inability to obtain financing.

Although city staff on the committee had some questions about the reconfiguration of the parking lot and about on-street parking adjacent to the site, they decided those could wait for resolution until final construction plans were submitted for issuance of building permits.

An updated rendering of the proposed development.

Brown told residents at an 8th Ward meeting Tuesday night that he hopes to start construction this summer, with completion of the building 12 to 14 months after that.

He says he doesn’t yet have a new tenant lined up for the retail space in the building.

The building will have 28 apartments with five set aside as affordable housing at 80 percent of area median income. The city is providing a $1.9 million forgivable loan to facilitate the development on a site that formerly included a city parking lot and a shuttered auto repair business.

Brown said market-rate rents would probably range from about $1,800 for a one-bedroom unit to $2,800 for a two-bedroom apartment.

The project was approved by the City Council in May 2018.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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