Evanston’s Plan Commission voted 4-0 Wednesday night to recommend City Council approval of a five-story, 116-unit mixed use development on the site of the Autobarn Nissan property on Chicago Avenue.

The proposed development would have nearly 6,000 feet of ground floor retail space and 58 underground parking spaces.

Eight apartments on the ground floor would be designated as live-work units.

The commission approved the plans with conditions recommended by the city’s Design and Project Review Committee, but recommended additional conditions including that balconies not project into the public right-of-way and that non-residential loading activity be prohibited during rush hours and late evening hours.

The project is expected to move next to the City Council’s Planning and Development Committee for consideration, likely at a meeting next month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.