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Developers of the planned 831 Emerson high rise project on the edge of downtown Evanston say they’re working on modifications to the plan following a community meeting last week.

John Diedrich, senior vice president of investments at CA Ventures, adds, in an email to Evanston Now that the developers are “tailoring our unit mix for upper classmen, grad students and young professionals” as a result of Northwestern University’s plan to require sophomores, as well as freshman, to live on campus starting in 2017.

Evanston’s community development director, Mark Muenzer, says a date for a second community meeting, to discuss whatever modifications the developers come up with, hasn’t yet been set.

The current view from the same location, in a 2011 image from Google Maps.

A packet of slides from the first meeting, held Sept. 1 at the Evanston Public Library, has now been posted on the 1st Ward website.

Current plans for the project call for a building with three sections — one nine stories, one 12 stories and the other 14 stories tall — with the lowest section closest to the neighboring 11 story Perlman Apartments at 1900 Sherman Ave. and the tallest a block away from the 14-story section of the new E2 development at 1890 Maple Ave.

The project is a collaboration of Focus Development which has produced several projects in Evanston in recent years and CA Ventures, a major developer of student-oriented housing projects across the country.


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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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