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Community garden plots available

If you don’t have enough room for a garden this summer, the Evanston Ecology Center has the answer. The Center maintains four community gardens with plots available for rent. Useful for growing flowers, herbs or fresh vegetables, the four community garden locations are: James Park Gardens, south of Oakton between McCormick Blvd. and Dodge Ave.; […]

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Council adopts strategic plan

The Evanston City Council adopted a strategic plan for the city Monday that has been under development for nearly a year. Aldermen also approved: A $230,000 contract for architectural consulting work on the proposed remodeling of the youth services area of the public library. A $634,000 contract for phase two renovations to Mason Park. An […]

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Ethics panel dismisses complaint against Wollin

Evanston’s Board of Ethics voted unanimously tonight to reject claims that Ald. Cheryl Wollin, 1st Ward, acted improperly in accepting post-election campaign contributions. In moving to reject the complaint, board member Ruth Lipschutz said the contributions were properly disclosed and lawful under the state election code and therefore don’t constitute a violation of the city […]

Posted inReal Estate

Darrow debate: Who’s a stakeholder?

A decision on the Darrow Corners affordable housing project could turn on who aldermen consider a stakeholder in Evanston. Mary McAuley, an owner of the rental lofts building across the street from the project site at the intersection of Church Street and Darrow Avenue, said at Monday’s Planning and Development Committee meeting, “the big issue […]

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Aldermen get affordable housing hot potato

Evanston aldermen Monday night will face a challenging decision about affordable housing. The affordable housing project would occupy this vacant corner lot that once housed a gas station, and the two aging apartment buildings behind it to the right. The Planning and Development Committee is scheduled to review a proposal for 27 rent-to-own affordable housing […]