Evanston’s City Council is scheduled to take final action tonight on a request for a special use permit to open a bed and breakfast at 1622 Forest Place on the city’s lakefront.
The proposal was introduced on a 7-2 vote a month ago, but a final vote was delayed at the council’s last meeting at the request of Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, who was unable to attend that session.
No votes tonight are expected from Wynne and Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward.
Voting in favor of the new B&B plan at its introduction, and previously voting to approve the city’s first legal B&B two doors away at 300 Church Street, were the seven other members of the council.
A neighborhood group opposed to the B&B projects, the Southeast Evanston Association, has urged its members to turn out for tonight’s meeting in a last-ditch effort to block the project.
When the council last debated the issue, opponents were greatly outnumbered by speakers favoring the project.
Both planned bed and breakfast sites are controlled by billionaire Col. James N. Pritzker who has proposed multi-million dollar plans to renovate the buildings, which he acquired for a total of just over $5 million.
The plan for 1622 Forest has been approved by the city’s Preservation Commission. But the Zoning Board of Appeals recommended against it on a 4-2 vote.