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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. KO’d
    Perhaps these franchisees were inspired by other Groupon-fueled Evanston niche fitness flameouts, including Box Evanston’s brief EAC-stint, Fit Girl Studios, UltFit, Ecycle, and Revolution X.

  2. How quick the city is to tell

    How quick the city is to tell us what's coming.  How about a matching account for what has failed and left.  That would identify all of the vacant store fronts.

    1. What’s happening

      Your comment make it appear that you think this story came from a city press release.

      Actually it was triggered by a legally required public notice about the ZBA meeting that Evanston Now turned into a story, because we think many of our readers like to know about new businesses coming to town.

      The retail vacancy rate in Evanston, according to CoStar, has declined from about 9 percent a year earlier to just over 6 percent as of the last update at mid-year.

      So, while, yes, there is a lot of turnover, there's no evidence to support predictions of tumbleweeds blowing through Fountain Square anytime soon..

      — Bill


      1. Tumbleweeds

        OMG……..that is so funny Bill.  Reminds me of the old West ghost towns.  Some of us would like to get the heck outa Dodge.    

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