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Lakefront B&B plan held up over parking

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Plans to turn a landmark home in the Lakeshore Historic District into a bed and breakfast ran into opposition when it was reviewed by Evanston city staffers Wednesday.

City Planner Dennis Marino said at the Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee meeting that he was concerned about the amount of parking provided on the property located at 300 Church St. at the corner of Sheridan Road.

There are only about three parking spaces on the site now, in a large garage and carriage house off an alley, but Marino said as many as seven cars might be on the property at certain times.

"I'm concerned about the ability of the surrounding neighborhood to absorb that amount of parking," Marino said. "The last time I was there, the Church Street free parking was totally packed, and when I looked at Judson the free parking was also packed."

The building is less than a quarter mile from the city's Church Street parking garage.

The architect for the home's owner, Paul Janicki, said the house would have five bedrooms available for guests.

"The first floor will remain virtually unchanged, but we are adding a dumbwaiter. We have created a wheelchair friendly ramp on Church Street." Janicki said.

The committee deferred action on the proposal to await a more detailed parking plan.

The project has also been noticed for a Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on Aug. 2.

In other action, the committee voted to approve building permit plans submitted by Gordon Food Service to construct a store at 2424 Oakton St.

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