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Demolition starts for apartment complex

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Demolition work started today on the site of a planned new 214-unit rental apartment development on Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

AMLI Residential is demolishing the three vacant buildings on the site at Chicago Avenue and Kedzie Street to build the new complex which the developer says will offer luxury apartments designed for LEED Silver certification.

The new community will be within walking distance of three train stations, two bus lines, St. Francis Hospital, a variety of shopping, dining and cultural activities and lakefront.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, whose 3rd Ward includes the site, called it "a great project that will help boost the local economy."

AMLI Executive Vice President Steve Ross said, "We believe that there is pent up demand in Evanston for brand new upscale apartments. The community's green building standards, energy efficiency and smoke-free living environment will make it even more sought-after."

AMLI expects its first residents to move in by Spring 2013.

AMLI Evanston will have one, two and three bedroom apartment homes, several live-work lofts, retail shops, and on-site parking. Contemporary apartment interiors will feature fully-equipped kitchens with stainless appliances, granite countertops and faux wood flooring.

Top: An architect's rendering of part of the Chicago Avenue facade of the planned apartment complex, focusing on the ground-level live-work lofts.

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