Neighbors of the proposed Aldi food market on Oakton Street will get a chance to air their views on the plan at a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Levy Center, 300 Dodge Ave.

The project won backing from the city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee Wednesday after representatives of Aldi and the site’s developer presented revised plans to the committee.

The new plans for the building in the Home Depot shopping center call for using standard-size red bricks on the facade.

The original plan was for a block facade with columns in a contrasting color.

The new plan also calls for higher walls, so the building would better match the PetSmart store just to the west.

Brian Holcombe of Aldi, left, and site developer Jm Conroy discuss the project plans with the site plan committee as Aldermen Anjana Hansen and Ann Rainey look at the new designs.

In the new plan the highest point on the Aldi store would have the same 26 foot height as the lowest point on the facade of the PetSmart store.

Conroy said the look of the Evanston store would be similar to this existing one.

The committee conditioned its approval of the project on landscaping improvements, adoption of a litter cleanup plan and limiting deliveries to the hours between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Preliminary Approval or Final?
    Bill- Just for clarification. The SPAARC agenda circulated prior to the meeting said that the Aldi plan was up for “Preliminary” consideration.

    Don’t they have to get a Final approval from SPAARC before the project can commence?

    1. Preliminary or final

      But can you think of an instance in which a unanimous preliminary approval by the committee did not lead to final approval of a project?

      Maybe there have been some, but I’m not aware of any.

      Exclude planned developments and projects requiring zoning changes from your consideration because those complicating factors are not involved here.


  2. Aldi grocery store
    While the Aldi grocery store may be welcome at the Home Depot shopping center, there is NOT sufficient demand to justify any tax breaks. Let’s hope that the City Council does not contemplate another give away like they did for the new grocery store at Oakton and Asbury. Enough is enough. They keep giving public dollars away — including taking an entire block off the tax rolls for Roycemore School — at the same time that cutbacks in services and a major shortfall on pension funding has them searching for new sources of revenue. What don’t they understand? Stop. Stop. Stop.

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