Evanston’s Land Use Commission is scheduled to review plans to replace the Unity Church building on Central Street with a Kensington School daycare center Wednesday night.

The plans for the daycare center are essentially unchanged from ones approved by the Design and Project Review Committee in April — except that the proposed building now has a more traditional-looking exterior design.

An aerial view of the design as reviewed by DAPR in April.

The planned 22,416 square foot building at 3434 Central St. would have 34 on-site parking spaces and accommodate about 165 students and 23 staff members.

It’s planned to operate from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

A daycare center is a special uses in the site’s R2 district and will ultimately require approval by the City Council to be built.

The plan to move the parking lot from the west side of the existing church building to the east side of the new structure has been recommended by city staff as the best option for handling traffic flow and minimizing impact on nearby homes.

It creates a full in-and-out access drive onto Gross Point Road plus a right-turn-only exit onto Central Street.

An easement across the current parking lot provides access to the First Williamsburg Co-op development south of the site. That easement is proposed to be reconfigured under the new site design to use the planned Gross Point Road driveway.

The school is seeking several site development allowances for the parking lot configuration and other site layout issues.

A staff memo to the commission says the proposed development meets all standards for special use approval and notes that it will return the land to the property tax rolls.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.