Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to discuss a special use permit request from St. Athanasius school to expand nearby off-street parking.

The school and Catholic parish want to increase parking on a property at 2503 Eastwood Ave., the former site of a now-demolished single family home, from 14 to 22 spaces.

Some homeowners in the area have objected to the demolition of the home and the increased parking.

City staff is recommending approval of the speical use permit, but the Zoning Board of Appeals last October recommended denial, concluding that it would create a negative cumulative impact on the surrounding residential neighborhood and may lower property values.

The City Council’s Planning and Development Committee voted to table the proposal at a meeting in December to give the parties time to work out possible changes to the plan

The church last month submitted a new traffic circulation plan, shown above, that city staff says reflects recommendations made by staff, neighbors and Alderman Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward.

In the plan, blue highlights show parish staff and faculty parking, yellow highlights show visitor and short term parking areas, pink arrows show traffic flow patterns and red asterisks show neighboring garages and access drives that would be signed as “keep clear” zones to provide access for neighboring residents.

The areas outlined in green would be “active play areas” that would be barred to vehicle access during school hours.

Update 2/11/20: The special use permit ordinance was approved for introduction at the Planning and Development Committee Monday night after a brief discussion. It was approved for introduction at City Council on the consent agenda. Final approval vote expected at the Council’s Feb. 24 meeting.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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