Evanston aldermen tonight will be asked to spend $97,500 to buy a foreclosed building at 717 Howard St.
That’s slightly less than the $100,000 the mortgage company that now owns the building paid to acquire it at auction more than two years ago.
717 Howard in an aerial view from Google Maps.
The 5,000 square foot lot has single-story retail building of less than 1,000 square feet, and — at least in an aerial view from Google Maps — what looks like a junkyard out back, which presumably accounts for the $2,750 in liens filed against the property by the city in recent years for property code violations.
The city has acquired other buildings on Howard in recent years that it has helped local business owners turn into the Ward Eight cocktail lounge at 629 Howard and the Peckish Pig brew pub at 623 Howard.
It’s still looking for a use for a building it owns at 727-29 Howard after the price tag to convert it into a theater proved too high for aldemen to stomach.