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Developers given extra time

The City Council Monday approved extensions of time to complete two development projects in Evanston.


The City Council Monday approved extensions of time to complete two development projects in Evanston.

Smithfield Properties was given a two-year extension, to September 2011, to complete its plan to build a planned development of single family homes on the former Kendall College site.

And The Museum of Time and Glass was given a retroactive two-year extension of its special use permit to May 2010 to complete the conversion of the former Catholic Woman’s Club at 1560 Oak St. to house the museum.

An architect for the museum project, Adam Wilmot, said it is moving forward. He said construction should start in the spring with completion six to nine months after that.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, said she was looking forward to the museum’s opening — that she has seen some of the glass and time pieces in the collection and that they "are absolutely exquisite."

Judy Fiske, a candidate for alderman in the 1st Ward, urged that the extension of time for the Kendall project be conditioned on removal of what she described as hazardous waste on the property.

And Barbara Janes of 802 Colfax St. said neighbors want to see the property better maintained. "We’re not looking for a golf course," Janes said, but she said one part of the block is depressed and collects rainwater.

An attorney for Smithfield, Steve Friedland, said the developer has removed debris from the site and will work with the city to address any remaining concerns.

Alderman Edmund Moran, 6th Ward, praised the developer "for taking very fine care of the property." Moran said he is in the area often and has frequently seen maintenance workers either shoveling the walks or mowing the grass, depending on the season.

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