High rise planned for site on Emerson


Northfield-based Focus Development has submitted plans to construct a 14-story rental apartment building at 831 Emerson St. in Evanston.

The site now houses Lake City Cleaners and a 7-Eleven convenience store.

The planned development proposal calls for 297 apartment units and 136 parking spaces as well as some retail space. 

The site, on the north side of Emerson, is adjacent to the Cook County Housing Authority's 11-story Perlman Apartments building at 1900 Sherman Ave. and is a block east of the newly-completed E2 development with its 14- and 16-story towers on the south side of Emerson.

The property is currently zoned C1, which ostensibly limits building height to 45 feet plus an additional 15 feet for planned developments, but the zoning ordinance permits the City Council to exceed those limits if two-thirds of the aldermen agree and state that the development would provide one or more from a list of nine public benefits.

The plans are scheduled to be discussed at a 1st Ward meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the community meeting room at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.

The property is on the western edge of the 1st Ward, and adjoins portions of the 2nd and 5th wards.

An image of 1717 Ridge Ave. from the Focus Development website.

Focus Development's most recent project in Evanston was the eight-story 1717 Ridge Ave. building. It also co-developed Sherman Plaza, Evanston's tallest residential building.

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