1501 Forest Ave.

The Evanston Preservation Commission Tuesday rejected plans to move a landmark house near the lakefront.

The house at 1501 Forest Ave. had decayed for years, tied up in an estate, and new owners Janet and Jeffrey Clements proposed removing some additions not original to the building and relocating it on the site to make room to build a second home on the 14,400 square foot plot on the northeast corner of Forest and Lake Street.

They won commission approval for part of their plan last summer, but after neighbors objected, the commission reconsidered its decision.

Last night, after a lengthy hearing, at which a crowd of neighbors spoke in opposition to the project, the commission voted 9-0 to deny the owners’ request for a certificate of appropriateness for their plans.

The owners now can either revise their plans and seek a new review by the commission or appeal the commission’s decision to the City Council.

Preservation planner Carlos Ruiz says the city’s preservation ordinance gives them 30 days to file the request for an appeal.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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