The Evanston City Council Monday gave developers of The Eastwood, a proposed condo development at 1700 Central St., an extra 13 months to complete the project.

The developers say the slow market for condo sales makes the extension necessary. They now will have until April 2009 to get a building permit and until April 2010 to complete the project.

The alderman started discussion of rezoning proposals to implement the Central Street master plan, hearing a request from Ken Bailey of 1602 Central St.

Bailey said he and other neighbors want to block a proposed rezoning of a vacant office building at 1620 Central that would open the way to its reuse as a dormitory for disabled young adults in a training program at National Louis University.

The aldermen took no action on the zoning proposal and promised to continue the discussion at the next regular Planning and Development Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28.

The aldermen also heard a presentation from the city’s consultant outlining the proposed lakefront master plan and scheduled debate on that for a special P&D meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

They again postponed action on a proposed extension of the downtown building moratorium, which expired Dec. 11.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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