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Requests for special uses to open a frozen yogurt shop in south Evanston and an exercise place just off Green Bay Road are working their way through the city’s approval process.

Larry Murphy’s plan to open a YoFresh Yogurt Cafe franchise near the new Walgreens in the Southpoint Plaza shopping center won approval from the Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee last week, which sent it on to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

YoFresh lets customers build their own frozen yogurt desserts and will have seating for about 18 customers inside the store.

The special use for a carry-out restaurant will eventually require approval by the City Council.

Also on its way to a ZBA hearing is a a proposal from Craig Strong to move his Precision Multisport business from its current quarters at 1611 Simpson St. to 2114 Jackson Ave.

Strong says he expects to have 10 to 20 people at a time taking classes in the new space at any given time.

Customers can birng their own bikes for use on stationary racks and the facility will have a variety of exercise equipment and offer yoga classes and massage.

He says the fitness studio shouldn’t have any noise impact on neighboring properties and that there will be about 10 off-street parking spaces available nearby.

SPARC Chair Walter Hallen said the business should have a limited impact on what’s now an under-utilized area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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