Developers of the proposed Nic’s Organic Fast Food restaurant were asked by city staff to make several revisions to their plans during a Design and Project Review Committee meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The restaurant is proposed for the long-vacant site on the northwest corner of Crawford Avenue and Gross Point Road that once housed a Citgo gas station.

The committee asked the development team to present plans for how an adjacent lot could be developed with a single family home, if, as the developers are requestng, a portion of it is split off to provide parking for the restaurant.

They were also asked to consider adding a right-turn exit option to what’s now planned as a right-turn-enter-only driveway off Crawford.

And they were asked to clarify how customers would get from the planned parking area across an alley from the restaurant given a grade change there and how garbage trucks would access the site and to consider extending the sidewalk to include the adjacant vacant lot.

City staff noted that there is an easement for an eight-foot-wide alley at the rear of the vacant residential lot and suggested that if that easement were widened to 16 feet it could provide driveway access from the lot to the alley — eliminating the need to add an additional curb cut for a driveway on Crawford Avenue.

Steve Kolber, an architect presenting the proposal for the restaurant development, indicated that the developers were willing to make the changes staff requested.

City Engineer Lara Biggs said the revisions to the plans that Kolber submitted Wednesday — including the six parking spaces for patrons across the alley and a lease for employee parking at Hillside Methodist Church — answered major concerns that had led to rejection of the project by the City Council two years ago.

But the committee said it wanted solutions for the other issues before making a recommendation on the project this time.

Kolber indicated that he hoped to have answers to the issues staff raised in time for next Wednesday’s DAPR meeting.

The project drew opposition Wednesday from several of the neighbors who opposed it two years ago.

They cited concerns that the restaurant would aggravate traffic problems in the area and questionned the need for a drive-thru restaurant at the site. 

Related story

Nic’s to try again for zoning OK (3/30/19)

Everything is organic at this burger chain (Bloomberg, 4/3/19)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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