Members of Evanston's Housing and Homelessness Commission voiced support Thursday evening for plans to construct new coach houses in town as a way to make housing more affordable -- but how to fund their construction remained a stumbling block.
Single-family home lots in Evanston could accommodate thousands of new coach-house style accessory dwelling units under existing zoning, according to reseach the Evanston Development Cooperative will present to the Housing and Homelessness Commission tonight.
Thirteen years after Evanston aldermen bowed to neighbors' objections and killed plans for subsidized housing on a vacant 5th Ward corner, the possibility of another subsidized development at the site emerged at a community meeting Monday night.
An official from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus told members of Evanston's Affordable Housing Plan Steering Committee Wednesday night that the number of seniors in the Chicago region will double by mid-century.
Neighbors freaked out this spring about plans to build new five story apartment buildings on Emerson Street between Wesley and Jackson avenues, and that's led Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, to call for downzoning the area.
Evanston, often criticized for "drive-by diversity" -- having dramatic disparities in its racial mix from one neighborhood to another -- came in for criticism this week for what might be called "drive-by affordability."