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Northwestern University today announced that it has purchased the former Methodist pension board building at 1201 Davis St.

That complete’s the pension board’s exit from Evanston to new quarters in Glenview. The board previously sold its building across the street at 1200 Davis to Roycemore School which is remodeling it with plans to move its operations there later this year.

The transfer of the property from the organization formally known as the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of the United Methodist Church to the university means no change in the tax-exempt status of the property.

And Northwestern’s senior vice president for business and finance, Eugene Sunshine, said the school has no plans to change the property’s use.

The building which had been used as offices for the pension board will also be used as offices for the university.

Sunshine said it plans to begin moving offices into the building this spring or summer.

“We’re pleased to have worked out this arrangement,” Sunshine said. “This will provide the university with space needed for offices without having to acquire land that is currently on the property tax rolls.”

The building was originally built about 40 years ago as the headquarters for Rotary International, which later moved to its current headquarters on Sherman Avenue.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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5 Comments

  1. No Anger?

    Where's the outrage for having a property that could have been back on the tax rolls stay off?

    1. Agreed

      May as well as give them the Fountain Square Building – I am sure they can use the space the Tilted Kilt was supposed to occupy.

      1. LOL

        I'm sure we residents could absorb such a loss in the form of higher property taxes (rolling eyes). 

  2. Who will turns out the lights … ?

    When the last business leaves Evanston? The twisted TK decision made the front-page of Wednesday's Tribune, positioning Evanston as unfriendly to business and a close-minded, backwater community. There are more then 300 messages posted on the Trib website, most of them making fun of Evanston. Myopic actions like this help create the town's ongoing budget shortfalls and gloomy business climate. But nothing will change until voters get mobilized to replace the old guard. A bunch of Church Ladies are running Evanston right now.

  3. I was first to post about

    Once again another building eaten up by NU and the tax revenue gone.  Yes, it was tax exempt already, but another business could have been put in this building and then back on the tax roll for the city.  I know we're never going to change NU paying for taxes, and it's a harsh reality residents have to take the burden of.  Having NU is great for Evanston, but financially it's helping run the city into the ground.

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