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Indoor sports spot planned on Oakton

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Evanston's Plan Commission Wednesday night approved a zoning change that would clear the way for a commercial indoor sports practice facility behind the GFS Marketplace store on Oakton Street.

Top: A Google Maps aerial view looking south from Oakton Street, with the proposed sports center site highlighted in blue. Click for larger view.

Evanston's Plan Commission Wednesday night approved a zoning change that would clear the way for a commercial indoor sports practice facility behind the GFS Marketplace store on Oakton Street.

The site is just down the street from the city's former recycling center which several non-profit sports groups unsuccessfully negotiated with the city last year to convert to a similar use.

The proposed change to the city's zoning code, which still requires City Council approval, would make indoor recreation facilities a permitted special use in I2 industrial zones.

The would-be developers of the site are Randall Mayne of 321 Lake St. and William Kindra of 1728 N. Manor Ave. in Chicago.

Mayne is a member of Evanston's Parks and Recreation Board and a director of Evanston Youth Lacrosse.

The two say they are in good-faith negotiations with the current owner of the parcel to acquire it, contingent on approval of the zoning change.

They plan to build a "bubble" facility — which Zoning Manager Dennis Marino described as a fabric building with a metal frame — that would offer multiple indoor sports fields with facilities for soccer, lacrosse and baseball that could be rented out to athletic groups for practices and games.

A second recreation project is in the works which also needs the the proposed zoning change.

The Evanston Soccer Association wants to use an existing warehouse-style building in an I2 zoning district on Dempster Street between Dodge and Hartrey avenues for practices and matches.

 

Related document

Plan Commission meeting packet (.pdf)

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