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Condo, townhouse, rental projects on Plan Commission agenda

The Plan Commission is scheduled to review proposals for 27 affordable rental apartments at Darrow Avenue and Church Street, for 175 condos at 1881 Oak Ave. and for 42 townhouses at 1613 Church St. when it meets at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Civic Center.

Given the length of recent hearings, it’s unclear whether the commission will actually take up all three projects Wednesday night.

Here’s the agenda for the meeting:

AGENDA
EVANSTON PLAN COMMISSION
Meeting of WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2006 / 7:00 P.M.
Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Avenue, COUNCIL CHAMBERS

ORDER OF AGENDA ITEMS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

I. CALL TO ORDER / DECLARATION OF QUORUM

II. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES FROM DECEMBER 14, 2005

III. PROPOSED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARING

ZPC 05-10 PD 1708-1710 Darrow/1801-1805 Church

An application by Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, property
owner of 1708-1710 Darrow and contract purchaser of 1801-1805 Church,
for a Planned Development for the property commonly known as 1708-1710
Darrow/1801-1805 Church, presently located within the B2 Business
District. The applicant requests that the City grant a planned
development as a form of special use permit including such development
allowances, exceptions to development allowances, and other relief as
may be necessary to allow redevelopment of 1708-1710 Darrow/1801-1805
Church with a mixed-use building with ground floor office and community
space, multi-family residential uses, and accessory parking.
Generally,
the applicant proposes to construct a four-story multi-family
residential building with the following characteristics: a)
approximately 27 affordable housing units; b) a defined gross floor
area
(excluding parking loading, storage, mechanicals, and uses accessory to
the building) of approximately 40,167 square feet, resulting in a floor
area ratio of about 2.4; c) a maximum defined building height of
approximately 45 feet; and d) approximately 19 off-street parking
spaces
enclosed within the building and 11 open off-street parking spaces.

IV. PROPOSED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARING

ZPC 05-08 PD 1881 Oak (Vacant Lot Immediately West of 1890 Maple
Avenue)

An application by Robert King, o/b/o Carroll Properties, Inc. contract
purchaser, with permission from 1881 Oak, LLC, property owner, for a
Planned Development. The subject property, commonly known as 1881 Oak,
is presently located within the RP Research Park Zoning District. The
applicant requests that the City grant a planned development as a form
of special use permit including such development allowances, exceptions
to development allowances, and other relief as may be necessary to
allow
redevelopment of 1881 Oak for a mixed-use development with accessory
parking. Generally, the applicant proposes to construct a new
structure
at 1881 Oak to develop a multi-family residential building with the
following characteristics: approximately 175 dwelling units;
approximately 7,000 square feet of retail/commercial space; a defined
gross floor area (excluding parking loading, storage, mechanicals, and
uses accessory to the building) of approximately 297,414 square feet,
resulting in a floor area ratio of about 9.89; a maximum defined
building height of approximately 210 feet; and approximately 175
off-street parking spaces enclosed within the building. The applicant
is requesting special use approval, development allowances, and
exceptions to development allowances for the following regulatory
concerns: special use for a planned development; building lot
coverage;
number of dwelling units; floor area ratio; height; setback; off-street
parking requirements; and off-street loading requirements including
number of berths and clearance height.

V. PROPOSED PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARING

ZPC 05-11-PD&M 1613 Church Street

An application by Church Street Village, LLC for a Map Amendment and a
Planned Development. The applicant is the owner of the property
commonly known as 1613 Church, presently located within the I2 General
Industrial Zoning District. The applicant requests that the City
remove
the subject property from the I2 General Industrial District and place
it wholly within the R5 General Residential District. The applicant
also requests that the City grant a planned development as a form of
special use permit including such development allowances, exceptions to
development allowances, and other relief as may be necessary to allow
redevelopment of 1613 Church for single-family attached residential
units with accessory parking. Generally, the project proposed by
Church
Street Village, LLC will have the following characteristics: forty-two
(42) single-family attached dwelling units, approximately 82 off-street
parking spaces, and setbacks. The proposal as laid out provides yards
or setbacks as follows: approximately 7 feet from the front property
line (Church); approximately 3 feet from the west property line;
approximately 3 feet from the east property line; and approximately 5
feet from the rear property line. The applicant is requesting special
use approval, development allowances, and exceptions to development
allowances for the following regulatory concerns: land use, impervious
surface, lot width, yards, fence location, and parking geometry.

VI. COMMITTEE UPDATES AND REPORTS

* Design Guidelines Committee
* Neighborhood Planning Committee
* Zoning Committee
* Community Development Committee
* Economic Development Committee
* Parking Committee
* Planning & Development Committee
* Downtown Visioning
* Lighthouse Committee
* Place Names Committee

VII. VII. ADJOURNMENT

Special meetings of the Plan Commission have been scheduled for
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2006 and MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2006 at 7pm in the
Civic Center. The next regular meeting of the Plan Commission has been
scheduled for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2006 at 7pm in the Civic Center.

Order of agenda items is subject to change. Questions can be directed
to Tracy Norfleet, General Planner, at 847/866-2928. The City of
Evanston is committed to making all public meetings accessible to
persons with disabilities. Any citizen needing mobility or
communications access assistance should contact the Facilities
Management Office at 847/866-2916 (voice) or 847/328-4080 (TDD).

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