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Dobson-Ridge developer to meet again with neighbors

A developer who has proposed a six-story, 38-unit condominium complex for the northwest corner of Ridge Avenue and Dobson Street will have a second meeting with neighbors next week.

An architect’s drawing showing the south facade of the proposed development facing Dobson Street.

The proposed building would replace three three-story brick buildings on the site that have a total of 18 units and appear to be about a half-century old.


The existing buildings on the development site on the northwest corner of Dobson and Ridge.

Neighbors objected to the height, density and design of the project at a first meeting with the developer early this month.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, is hosting the meeting at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, at the Evanston Police Outpost, 633 Howard St.

In calling the second meeting, Ald. Rainey said, “From talking with the developer, I believe several of our concerns have been addressed.”

The six-story height in the developer’s original proposal, Ald. Rainey said, is one floor more than would be allowed under the current R5 zoning for the site.

After the first meeting, Glenn Hedman of 1100 Dobson St. said on the 8th Ward message board “the proposed building would be twice the height as what is there now. I am afraid it will seem like there is a Hilton hotel at the end of the block.”

He also said the proposed 49 parking spaces included in the project would likely be inadequate for the size and number of units proposed.


Just across the alley west of the project site, Dobson Street is zoned R2, and is filled with one and two story single-family homes.

Ryan Kettelkamp of 1126 Brummel St., an architect, urged that the developer eliminate the circular drive in front of the building to preserve more green space and existing on-street parking.

He also suggested the developer look to older properties in the new Oakton Historic District for design inspiration and reduce the height to what’s allowed as-of-right under the zoning code.

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