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Developer tweaks plan for city’s tallest building

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Vermilion Enterprises has made some adjustments to its plan for what would become Evanston’s tallest building ahead of a Preservation Commission review of the 601 Davis St. project tonight.

At a proposed 353 feet, the new structure would rise 76 feet above the adjacent 1603 Orrington tower completed in 1969.

The previous design for the podium.

The new plan shortens the height of the podium by five feet. The project architects, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, say they’ve also switched the cladding material for the podium to brick and changed the proportions and detailing of windows to better relate to nearby buildings, including the landmark University Building on the corner which would be preserved and renovated as part of this project.

The design will require a variety of zoning allowances including for height and parking.

The 33-story building would have ground floor retail space, 318 rental units and 176 parking spaces — a ratio of apartments to parking that’s in line with the city’s new transit oriented development rules.

The Preservation Commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Room 2404 of the Civic Center. Details of the developer’s plans are available online.

The 601 Davis project is also scheduled to be reviewed by the Design and Project Review Committee at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, also in Room 2404 at the Civic Center.

The project will then be reviewed, likely starting next month, by the Plan Commission before going before the City Council for final action early next year

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