Evanston aldermen will be asked tonight to adopt a resolution objecting to construction by Cook County of an access road across land leased to the city by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to provide access to a landlocked potential residential development site in Wilmette.
Last year the owners of the Wilmette land, the Keefe Family Trust, sought City of Evanston backing for the proposed roadway, which would run just east of the CTA tracks for about 300 feet north of Isabella Street, but ran into opposition from neighbors who objected to destruction of trees on the property, which borders the Canal Shores golf course.
The county now is seeking a 75-year easement for the roadway from the MWRD.
City officials say most of the 55 trees on the site would either have to be removed or would likely be damaged by the road construction project. Under the city’s tree preservation ordinance the trees would have to either be replaced or payments made to the city for new trees to be located elsewhere.
Under terms of the city’s lease from the MWRD the city would be required to surrender possession of the roadway site to the MWRD if the MWRD determines the road construction is needed.