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The owners of a vacant lakefront lot on Edgemere Court, whose plans for a new home caused a heated controversy among neighbors two years ago, will be back before Evanston’s Preservation Commission tonight seeking a certificate of appropriateness for their revised plans.


A rendering of the 2016 design for 917 Edgemere, superimposed on a photo of the street.

The previous design for the planned home of Adam and Susan Sabow was long and narrow to fit the 50-foot-wide lot. City officials conceded that it met all the city’s zoning rules, but claimed that it failed to comply with their intent.

Neighbors objected that the home projected too close to the lake shore and would obstruct water views from neighboring properties.

A possible solution to that problem was achieved several months later when one neighbor agreed to sell a 10-foot-wide strip of his lot to the Sabows.

Now the Sabows are seeking approval for new plans for the house. And city staff say the current plans are fully compliant with zoning for the lot.

The decision for the Preservation Commission tonight will be whether the contemporary design proposed is appropriate for the historic district in which the property is located.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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