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Northlight tower would be tallest in town

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A plan unveiled Tuesday night to bring Northlight Theatre back to Evanston calls for funding the project with a 395-foot-tall hotel and rental apartment tower in the 1700 block of Sherman Avenue.

How the height of the proposed building would compare with existing downtown towers — the tallest of which, the 277-foot 1603 Orrington bulding, was completed nearly a half-century ago, in 1969.

The proposed height is 10-feet taller than the revised height of the 38-story 708 Church Street condominium tower approved by City Council in 2009. (That project had originally been proposed to be 49 stories tall.) The 708 Church project was never built after aldermen in 2013 refused to give the developers an extension of time to begin construction.

The preliminary design from architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill for the new project call for a base roughly the height of the former Marshall Field’s store that adjoins it to the south.

The base would include the theater space as well as room for a restaurant and five floors of parking for a total of 258 cars.

Above that would be 11 stories devoted to a boutique hotel with a projected 153 rooms.

Above that there’d be 20 floors with a total of 152 rental apartments, averaging about 1,000 square feet in size.

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