Evanston’s Plan Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve plans for a 40-unit town home development in the 900 block of Custer Avenue.
The commissioners adopted a set of conditions for approval of the zoning change and planned development request suggested by staff and added two more:
At the suggestion of Commissioner Carol Goddard the panel voted to recommend that one or two parking spaces on Main Street at the northwest corner of Main and Custer be removed to improve site lines for turning traffic.
The northwest corner of Main and Custer in a 2017 image from Google Maps.
Those parking spaces now serve customers of the branch post office located on the corner.
At the suggestion of Commissioner George Halek the group recommended that the developer continue to work with city staff on improving the appearance of the design for the project.
Halek, apparently referring to the side of the planned buildings that would face Custer, said there could be some improvements to make it more compatible with the facade of outher houses on the street and “to make those blank areas look a little more friendly.”
The panel rejected suggestions from some neighbors to reduce the number of units in the development from 40 to 32.
The Evanston Commons project, to be built on the former Dard Products site at 910-938 Custer, still requires a recommendation from the Economic Development Committee regarding financial assistance the developer is seeking from the tax increment financing district for the area before it reaches the City Council for a final vote.