Evanston aldermen Monday night delayed action on a proposed downtown office development to provide time to amend the agreement to provide that the land involved would revert to city ownership if the project isn’t completed.

The request for what Corporation Counsel Michelle Masoncup described as a reverter clause in the contract for sale of the city-owned parking lot was made by Alderman Don Wilson, 4th Ward, who also asked for more background information on the qualifications of the current members of the project development team.

The participants in the development group have changed since the project was unveiled more than two years ago.

On a motion from Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, the council voted to table the project until the next meeting at which all nine aldermen can be present.

That’s expected to be the Council’s March 18 meeting.

Approval of rezoning needed for the project will require seven favorable votes on the council and two aldermen, Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, and Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, have said they’re opposed to the project.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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