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New museum plans get final okay

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The city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee (SPAARC) gave its final approval Wednesday of plans for the proposed  Evanston Museum of Time and Glass, which is under construction at 1560 Oak Ave., site of the former Catholic Women’s Club.

The city’s Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee (SPAARC) gave its final approval Wednesday of plans for the proposed  Evanston Museum of Time and Glass, which is under construction at 1560 Oak Ave., site of the former Catholic Women’s Club.

Plans for the museum were disrupted last March when a major fire razed the existing building, which forced it to be demolished.

Because it is located within the city’s Ridge Historic District, plans for the new building were subject to review by the Evanston Preservation Commission. This approval was granted in August. But it still had to pass muster from SPAARC, a committee comprised of representatives from several departments within city government, such as planning, zoning, and fire prevention.

There was some discussion about handicap accessibility. Architect Adam Wilmot, representing the new museum’s owner, Cameel Halim, noted that the handicap entrance was at the rear of the building, off the alley, although wheelchair passage could be provided from the sidewalk off Oak Street if planned landscaping were altered.

The committee decided that the rear entrance met the requirements of state and federal  law and that additional accommodation would not be necessary.

Halim, a real estate investor who owns the Carlson Building among other Evanston properties, plans to display his extensive collection of antique time pieces and stained glass in the new museum.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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