In a presentation to a Reparations Subcommittee meeting Friday, a Los Angeles-based real estate broker urged that Evanston use its planned reparation fund to make grants to prospective home buyers to lower or eliminate their required downpaym
Evanston's Plan Commission voted 4-2 Wednesday evening to maintain a zoning overlay restriction that effectively bars development of long-vacant parcels in the 5th Ward for housing by designating them for use as new streets.
Evanston's Plan Commission tonight is scheduled to consider a request to remove zoning restrictions imposed more than a decade ago that effectively block redevelopment of a section of abandoned railroad right of way.
How zoning impedes affordable housing and whether rezoning could help provide reparations for past discrimination became a topic of discussion at Friday's meeting of the Evanston City Council's Reparations Subcommittee.
City staff will ask aldermen Tuesday to reject a suggestion from Alderman Cicely Fleming, 9th Ward, that the city waive building permit fees for coach houses and other accessory dwelling units if owners agree to rent them at discounted rates.
The City Council will be asked Tuesday to approve spending $25,000 for a preliminary feasibility study from a Minneapolis-based group regarding the prospects of creating affordable housing for artists in Evanston.