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New tenant for old Barnes & Noble

If you’ve been downtown recently and seen lights on and workers inside the old Barnes & Noble store on the northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street, you’ve probably wondered what’s happening there.

If you’ve been downtown recently and seen lights on and workers inside the old Barnes & Noble store on the northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street, you’ve probably wondered what’s happening there.

Carolyn Dellutri, the executive director of Downtown Evanston, shed a little light on that at this morning’s Joint Review Board meeting at the Civic Center to discuss the performance of Evanston’s tax increment financing districts.

Dellutri says half of the building will be occupied by a retail store for the Clearwire Corporation, a Kirkland, Wash., based company that has recently rolled out fourth-generation mobile Internet service in the Chicago area.

Dellutri says the landlord is considering food service tenants for the rest of the building, but nothing has firmed up yet on that.

The old Barnes & Noble store is just outside the boundary of the Washington National TIF district. It’s been vacant since the bookstore moved across the street into the Sherman Plaza complex, which is within the district.

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