Three separate development projects are up for review by Evanston city panels today.

At 2:30 p.m. the Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee is scheduled to take a final look at plans by Chiaravalle Montessori School to build a two-story addition to its building at 425 Dempster St.

After that, the same committee is to take a first look at a plan to build an eight-story extended stay hotel at 1515 Chicago Ave.

The hotel project, which was described at a neighborhood meeting last week, calls for 116 rooms, 34 parking spaces and site development allowances for open parking at the rear and side lot lines.

A rendering of the planned mixed-use development at Chicago Avenue and Main Street.

The at 7 p.m., the Plan Commission will review plans for a nine-story mixed-use commercial, office and residential building at 835 Chicago Ave. That’s the southeast corner of Chicago Avenue’s intersection with Main Street.

City staff is recommending approval of a variety of planned development allowances — including for the number of dwelling units, the floor-area ratio, the building height and the number of parking spaces.

The site has been vacant since 2007 when an aging two-story commercial building on the property was demolished, with plans to build a 99-foot tall condo tower. That project fell apart when the real estate market collapsed.

The new plan, from a new owner of the property, includes about 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, nearly 13,500 feet of office space on the second floor and 112 residential units on the seven upper floors. It also includes ground level and underground parking for 104 cars.

The property is in the new Chicago-Main tax increment financing district. And a city staff memo says the developer plans to use $2 million to $3 million of TIF funds for the project and estimates that the development will generate $16 million in new tax revenue for the TIF.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Main & Chicago mixed use development

    Does the proposed building need to be ugly to fit in with other recent development on that intersection?  

  2. More over-priced rental units?

    Do we need more over-priced rental units on Main and Chicago? I'm not sure of the rationale for these development projects. I do like the addition of of retail like we gained with Hoosier Mama and Dollop. 

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