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A dispute over plans to build a new home on a lakefront lot that led to angry exchanges among neighbors at a Preservation Commission meeting last year was quietly resoved with an Evanston City Council vote Monday night.

Neighbors had objected to the plans of Sue and Adam Sabow to build a contemporary-style home on the lot at 917 Edgemere Court that they bought for $1.8 million last spring — with many of the objections centered on how close the home would extend toward the shoreline.

But the Sabows said that given the relatively narrow, 50-foot width of the lot — the narrowest on the block — they had little choice but to build a long, narrow home.

A rendering of the lakeside facade of the home the Sabows had planned last year.

Finally, late last year, the Sabows reached agreement with their neighbors to the north, Judy and Harry Lowrance, to buy a 10-foot wide strip of the Lowrance’s property.

The new plat approved by aldermen Monday will make each of the two lots 60 feet wide.

Still to be determined is how neighbors may react once the Sabows unveil a revised set of plans for the house.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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