Ground broken for first condos since the crash

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning for what's believed to be the first new-construction condo project in Evanston since last decade's housing market downturn.

It's a small-scale, four-story, seven-unit infill building at 910 Hinman Ave. — much smaller than the Winthrop Club at 1570 Elmwood Ave., the last condo development started here, back in 2007.

The City Council in August approved several zoning variations for the new project, but developer Kevin Pearson of Esskay Development says the project is being built without any financial assistance from the city.

A rendering of the 910 Hinman Ave. condos.

The new development replaces what had been a ramshackle house converted to apartments.

The team at Esskay has built a number of other projects in the city over the years, including the 900 Chicago Ave. mixed-use condominium development.

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