A rendering of the proposed new look of the home at 2356 Colfax Terrace.

Evanston’s Land Use Commission, which previously rejected plans to rebuild a long-vacant home on Colfax Terrace, Wednesday night approved revised versions of those plans — to the joy of neighbors of the property.

Patrick and Sarah Hillman with their new baby.

Patrick Hillman said he and his wife had worked with their architect to reduce the number of variations required for the project and argued that it was now highly compatible with the neighborhood — which has homes on a cul-de-sac that backs up to an alley.

The property at 2356 Colfax Terrace, outlined in blue.

He said they also had sought a design that would preserve the trees on the heavily wooded lot and continue to shield their neighbors from the view of the alley.

Ann Ryan and Bob Stevens.

Neighbors speaking in favor of the project included Ann Ryan and Bob Goldman who live across the street at 2353 Colfax Terrace.

Ryan said the property the Hillmans recently bought had been vacant for over 20 years.

The existing home at 2356 Colfax Terrace (2018 Google Maps image)

“We’ve been thrilled that the Hillmans have been interested in joining the cul-de-sac and are so pleased they’re willing to undertake the rehabilitation of this property,” she added.

Bob Stevens, who lives next door at 2346 Colfax Terrace, said he and his wife “are really excited about the Hillmans’ proposal.”

“It’s appropriate for the space, not a horrendous McMansion. We’re thrilled,” Stevens added.

The project, which originally sought a dozen variations from the zoning code, under the latest proposal needed only three:

  1. Reducing the north interior yard setback from 5 feet to 1.5 feet.
  2. Reducing the west rear yard setback from 30 feet to 11.7 feet.
  3. Allowing a six-foot fence in the front yard where fencing is not permitted.

The Land Use Commission approved those variations on a 6-1 vote.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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