Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish wants to build a six-foot tall fence across the front yard of his new home at 90 Kedzie St. on the Evanston lakefront.
A representative for Darvish will ask the city’s Preservation Commission tonight to approve the fence plans.
Front yard fences have generally been prohibited in Evanston since 1999 and, on the few streets where they are permitted, they’re limited to four feet in height.
Darvish also wants to fence off the adjoining vacant lot he owns at 92 Kedzie.
Darvish bought the home and vacant lot last month for $4.55 million through an LLC.
A view of Darvish’s property and a portion of Clark Square Park across the street (Google Maps)
In the application for the fence, which would also extend around the entire perimeter of the property, Darvish’s representative, zoning consultant Matt Rodgers, says Darvish “is well known nationally and has had security concerns in the past due to his public recognition.”
Rodgers says the extra height of the fence “while not preventing trespass, will serve to better deter persons from being able to approach the house or outdoor living spaces behind the house.”
An existing fence that appears to block off a portion of the front yard is actually located on the public right-of-way, according to the fence variation application.