The five-unit retail building on Davis Street that replaced one destroyed by fire nearly three years ago likely will soon have its first tenant.
Title Boxing Club is scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals tonight seeking a special use permit to set up shop in in the eastern-most storefront in the building, with an address of 1029 Davis.
Title Boxing is a franchise business with 163 locations around the country including two existing ones in the Chicago area.
The franchisees for the new Evanston location, Paige Hopkins and Kevin Reilly of Winnetka, say they want to operate from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. with typically two employees on duty. They expect to run eight classes per day with an average of 15 customers per class.
An image from the Title Boxing Club website.
They say they plan to add a double sound wall to insulate their facility from the tenant space to the west, and that the it’s separated from the bike shop to the east by double masonry walls.
The city’s Design and Project Review committee has recommended approval of the special use permit, with conditions that the business not open until 6 a.m. and that the doors and windows remain closed when music is amplified. The ZBA will make a recommendation to the City Council, which has the final say on special use permits.
The site previously was occupied by two restaurants and a nail salon until a fire that started in the Pine Yard Restaurant destroyed the buiding during the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2013.