Evanston’s City Council is scheduled to vote Monday to buy rows of boarded-up properties on Emerson Street and Jackson Avenue for $1.675 million.
The site had been proposed for redevelopment in 2018 as market-rate condominiums.
But fierce opposition from neighbors caused the would-be developer to pull out of the project. The neighbors then sought to have the area downzoned, but that proposal has failed to advance.
Now Ald. Bobby Burns (5th) is recommending that the city pay the property owner, Victoria Kathrein, the $1,675,000 she’s seeking for the land.
Burns says the city would then arrange to demolish the existing buildings and develop a request for proposals to have a new developer construct a mixed-income affordable housing project on the site.
Funding for the purchase would come from the city’s affordable housing fund and the West Evanston tax increment financing district.