Evanston aldermen will be asked Monday to authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract to sell the library parking lot downtown for redevelopment as an 11-story office building.
The previous plans called for a 14-story building with 207,000 square feet of leasable space. The new plans increase the setback from the street, cut the height to 11 stories, feature a more traditional design and reduce the office space to 136,000 square feet.
The developers, in exchange, are asking the city to reduce the selling price for the lot from $5 million to $4 million.
A rendering looking from the east side of the Chicago Avenue intersection with Clark Street, showing the proposed new office building in the center, the 1738 Chicago Ave. condo building at right, the Evanston Place apartments at left and the Park Evanston apartment tower in the distance.
Developers Gregory Stec and Bruce Larson say their original partner on the project, Conor Commercial, has withdrawn from its initial role as the development design team, but its McShane Construction unit will continue as the general contractor to build the project.
Stec and Larson say Evanston architect Paul Janicki has been brought on as the new lead design architect for the project.
A rendering looking north from the Park Evanston and Whole Foods toward the planned new office building.
As with the previous design, the new plans call for including three floors of parking at the base of the building, including public parking for the full 74-car capacity of the existing parking lot.
The project is expected to create 500 new office-worker jobs downtown, generating additional business for local restaurants and retail shops. The construction cost of the project is estimated at $47 million.
Approval of the ordinance directing development of a sales contract requires a two-thirds majority of the council, as would a subsequent ordinance required to actually approve the sale.