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Evanston’s Preservation Commission Tuesday evening granted a four-month delay on a proposal to landmark the Family Focus building at 2010 Dewey Ave.

Dino Robinson, who sought the landmark status, presented his proposal and five people spoke to the commission in support of the nomination.

The postponement was granted at the request of Bridget O’Keefe, an attorney for Family Focus Inc., the Chicago-based non-profit that owns the building.

Family Focus officials have said they need to sell the property because they can no longer afford to maintain it, but that they hope to continue to operate programs in the building as a tenant of the new owner.

The building also provides space for operations of several other social service agencies.

Carlos Ruiz, preservation coordinator for the city, says the building will continue to have protection under the preservation ordinance until a final decision is made on the landmark nomination.

The commission is now scheduled to revisit the issue at its July 10 meeting.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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