The latest would-be developer of the long-vacant former Kendall College block in Evanston is scheduled to discuss plans for the site at a Preservation Commission meeting tonight.
Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, said at Monday’s City Council meeting that the developer, North Shore Builders, had a “very productive” meeting with neighbors last week.
She added that she’s been told by the head of the company that, after inspecting the site, he believes that the 19-single family homes that the block is zoned for can be built without destroying any of the trees on the property.
Preserving trees on the Kendall property has been a long-running controversy that has occupied hours of time during the council’s citizen comment period over the past two years since a rezoning plan for the block was approved.
The city’s preservation planner, Carlos Ruiz, says tonight’s session will just introduce the new development team to the commission, and that a formal presentation of their plans is expected at next month’s commission meeting.
Ruiz says the North Shore Builders group has a contract to purchase the Kendall site from its current owner.
Top: The Kendall site looking northeast from the corner of Sherman Avenue and Colfax Street (Image from Google Street View).