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Council tweaks Kendall proposal

Evanston aldermen Monday revised the proposal for redeveloping the Kendall College property, adding a requirement that at least four single-family homes be under roof before construction begins on the four townhomes in the project.

Evanston aldermen Monday revised the proposal for redeveloping the Kendall College property, adding a requirement that at least four single-family homes be under roof before construction begins on the four townhomes in the project.

They also asked the city’s legal staff to draft a provision that would keep the project on the tax rolls if the developer, Smithfield Properties, were to resell the site to a non-profit entity.

And they gained a promise from the developer to hire 10, rather than the previously proposed five, Evanston residents to work on the project.

The aldermen voted 6 – 2 to introduce the ordinance and refer it back to committee for further discussion. The proposal will ultimately require seven votes from the nine-member council to rezone the property for the new use, because neighbors submitted sufficient petition signatures to trigger the super-majority requirement.

The developer, Smithfield Properties, proposes building 16 single family homes priced at about $1.6 million and four duplex units priced at nearly $1 million each on the full-block site at 2408 Orrington Ave.

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