Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online.

The main item on tonight’s agenda is the proposed five-story planned development at 718 Main St.

Meeting called to order at 6:02 p.m.

Minutes approved.

P1 – Extending time for issuing building permit for 605 Davis office tower
No discussion. Approved 7-0. Extends time until Oct. 27, 2022.

Public Comment

Several neighbors raise concerns about aspects of the 718 Main development.

Tina Paden claims the development, which would replace a commercial building, is pushing out families.

P2 – Planned development at 718-732 Main St.

Developer Paul Dincin makes presentation about the project. Says develops “reasonably-priced workforce housing.” Says the 12 units of affordable housing will be provided on site.

Hope to begin construction this summer and have the project completed in about 16 months.

Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, thanks neighbors for meetings with developer and public meetings. Says it’s a pretty solid project. Says it’s not family housing. It serves a different need, he says.

Says some neighbors don’t have garages and have to park on the street, so will support parking restrictions in the area to make it neighborhood residents only (with residents of the new project not eligible for the permits).

Alderman Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, says the project will activate this section of Main Street and be an attractive addition. Appreciates really productive conversations with neighbors.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says issues raised by neighbors tonight can be worked out before the City Council’s next meeting in two weeks. Says she understands the concerns of the neighbors and appreciates that the developer has worked on those issues. Says this is a very good development for the corner. Will bring the right amount of density.

Approved for introduction 7-0. (Final approval vote expected at City Council in two weeks.)

Meeting adjourned at 6:54 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 7:05 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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