A city staff memo to be discussed at tonight's City Council meeting suggests aldermen should take a closer look at the potential consequences before adopting new occupancy restrictions on coach houses and other accessory dwelling units.
While Evanston has struggled to produce a handful of affordable housing units in recent years, Madison, Wisconsin, has spent the past five years carrying out a $20 million plan with a goal of producing more than 1,000 units of affordable housing.
Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to tentatively commit to spending up to $2 million to help finance construction of 60 units of affordable housing for seniors on a site that includes the former Dairy Queen on Howard Street.
The Housing Authority of Cook County will open its affordable multi-family housing wait list for one bedroom standard and accessible units at its developments at 1900 Sherman Ave. and 2300 Noyes Court in Evanston on Tuesday.
Expanding affordable housing options is expected to continue to be one of the Evanston City Council's top goals in 2019, and housing advocates think Minneapolis may offer a pathway to success with its approval last month of a plan to allow multi-family housing in single-family zoning districts.