Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee is scheduled to review plans Wednesday for a five-story apartment building on the Autobarn Nissan site at 1012 Chicago Ave.

The proposal from MCZ Development call for 116 apartments, including 12 affordable units, and 58 underground parking spaces.

The ground floor level would include nearly 4,812 square feet of retail space and eight live-work apartment units — two facing Chicago Avenue and six facing the CTA Purple Line embankment at the rear of the site.

A rendering looking southeast from the railroad embankment toward the planned building.

Upper floors would include 16 studios, 80 one-bedroom units and 12-two bedroom apartments.

The building would also have covered amenity areas on its roof.

Plans submitted to the city indicate that market-rate rents will range from $1,500 for a 500 square foot studio apartment to $3,100 for an 1,100 square foot live-work unit.

Rents for the affordable units for someone earning 60% of area median income would range from $900 to $1,860.

Under the city’s planned development process, the developer is seeking allowances for the number of dwelling units, the building height, the number of parking spaces and the number of loading docks.

The DAPR meeting will be held online at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Plans to redevelop the auto dealership site were previously discussed at a community meeting in April 2019 and at a DAPR meeting in March 2019. At that time the concept also included redeveloping the Isberian Rugs store at 1028 Chicago Ave., which is not part of the project as currently proposed.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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