A developer will seek final approval from Evanston’s Design and Project Review Committee this afternoon for a building permit to construct eight townhouses that originally were scheduled to be built a full decade ago.

What had been planned as a 40-unit project in the 1600 block of Church Street got caught in the real estate market collapse with work on 32 of the units started and ony 19 completed.

Nearly two years ago, after a trip through bankruptcy, sales at the site resumed under a new owner, an affiliate of Boston-based Capital Crossing Servicing Co.

Kinzie Real Estate Group, brought in to build out the unfinished units and sell the unsold ones, now has completed that work and is seeking approval from the city to build the last eight homes.

The January version of the design.

Plans submitted for today’s meeting show some minor changes requested by DAPR in January, including simpler upper-story windows on the front facade and all-brick surface on the east and west facades.

The plans call for a mix of two- and three-bedroom units, and at January’s meeting the committee was told they’d be priced between $325,000 and $360,000.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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    1. Are they required to be then look at census tract and attitudes

      I don't know what the cutoff for affordable housing is. But are any of the units at this location required to be low income?

      It appears that the area in which these townhouses are located has a good amount of affordable housing stock. Perhaps if we, as a community, are looking for more affordable housing to be sited, it should be in those census tracts where there is little or none now. 

      If low-income housing is a priority for our city, then it should not be limited to just "over there" or "down there."  

      And we need to make certain that everyone is on board with inclusion in Evanston. More than once, I have heard about north side students calling any place south of Main Street "the ghetto."  Chute Middle School is referred to as the "ghetto school."  My student heard it again just the other day when a student said that he did not know anyone who went to Chute because they were all ghetto kids.  That is truly disappointing on so many levels.

      Perhaps we need a community discussion of our shared values, along with adults acting as role models to speak well of other areas of the city and of those who live there. 

      1. housing areas and Oakton school, etc
        I’ve been hearing that for years about Oakton, etc……’s nothing new. And I agree with the other post…how is that price range considered “affordable”?

        1. Not “new” doesn’t make it right

          Just because something isn't "new" doesn't make it right.  With the focus on inclusion, it is time that we as a community address this nonsense about Main Street and south being a "ghetto."  It is a ridiculous statement that only serves to divide our community into "us" and "them."

      1. Affordability

        The offering prices for these new townhouses are pretty close to the median price for new and existing home sales in Evanston, according to this report from Trulia.

        This project was approved before the city adopted its "inclusionary" housing ordinance.

        — Bill

    2. Designed to be “affordable” ?
      “work on 32 of the units started and only 19 completed.”
      What has the sale price of the 19 been ?
      From the articles/posting displayed, I don’t see anything about them suppose to be “affordable” in the sense of mixed/low income. Is that part of the agreement with the contractor ? Did he have to “contribute” [aka “pound of flesh”] to the city for building the units–the planning/financing did not keep construction from stopping.
      I suspect a lot of Evanston residents are surprised by what is considered “affordable” and if the city is subsidizing for low/middle income, then many others would like to get in on the deal. I don’t recall 1600 Church to be considered one of the “tony” areas of Evanston.

  1. Evanston’s Hypocrisy?
    Does anyone else find it interesting that on the one hand people are arguing for more affordable housing, yet on the
    other hand people are arguing against a new Goodwill store in the Dempster/Dodge shopping mall?

    I guess people want to have their cake and eat it too!


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