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Apartment tower sells for $101 million

The pension fund TIAA-CREF has closed on its purchase of the 10-year-old Park Evanston rental apartment tower at 1630 Chicago Ave. from the John Buck Company. The sale price of the 24-story structure — $101,125,000 — is reportedly the highest price ever paid for a suburban apartment building. The transaction late last month brings an […]

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Training offered for building operators

The City of Evanston will host the next Building Operator Certification (BOC) training series, which begins March 4. The training includes seven courses on building systems, energy conservation techniques, HVAC systems and controls, efficient lighting, environmental health and safety regulations, indoor air quality, and facility electrical systems. The complete training schedule and registration information are […]

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‘The Atlantic’ likes Evanston real estate

The March issue of The Atlantic magazine mentions Evanston in the same breath with Seattle suburb and Microsoft headquarters city Redmond, Wash., as one of a small number of suburban communities where single-family homes “are likely to hold their values just fine.” Sounds to you like faint praise? Well, writer Christopher Leinberger, an urban planning […]

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Branch libraries, elm trees saved

Evanston aldermen labored four hours today to cut perhaps $250,000 from the city’s $94 million proposed general fund budget. In the process they rejected proposals by the city manager to eliminate the elm tree injection program and close the branch libraries. The elm tree program was saved after city staff recalculated its cost and concluded […]

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Aldermen rebuffed calls to trim perks

Members of mayoral advisory committees on City Council pay say Evanston aldermen have repeatedly rejected suggestions to trim aldermanic perks. Every four years, in the fall before the following spring’s city election, Evanston’s mayor appoints a special committee to make recommendations about aldermanic pay. The aldermen, who under state law can’t raise their pay during their term of […]

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Traffic dispute leads to slurs

A rabbi from Chicago told Evanston police a man shouted anti-Semitic slurs at him in the Jewel supermarket parking lot at 2485 Howard St. Wednesday afternoon. The 53-year-old victim told police he had stopped his car in a pedestrian walkway when a man walking across the parking lot started yelling and spitting on the car. Police […]

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Salt shortage hampers snow cleanup

Evanston’s public works chief says the city’s streets are not as clear as they’d normally be the morning after a snowstorm because of a salt shortage. David Jennings says that on Wednesday “our salt supplier notified us that they could not honor the balance of our current order, about 1,100 tons, due to difficulties in […]