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Plan Commission takes up Kendall, Optima Promenade tonight

The Evanston Plan Commission tonight continues hearings on two major planned development proposals.

Up first, at 7 p.m., is a fifth hearing on the latest plan to redevelop the Kendall College property at 2408 Orrington Ave. The developer, Smithfield Properties, wants to build a mix of townhouses and single family homes on the full-block site now occupied by multi-story classroom and dormitory buildings as well as several single family homes. Neighbors want the property rezoned R-1, which would bar construction of townhouses.

Then, at 9 p.m., the commission will hear testimony, also for the fifth time, on plans to build Optima Promenade, a proposed 18-story condominium project at 1515 Chicago Ave., a site now occupied by one- and two-story commercial buildings. Neighbors who live in mid-rise condominium buildings nearby have objected to the density of the project and the loss of views from their condo units.

In other development news, the Site Plan and Appearance Review Committee this afternoon is considering proposals for condominium conversion projects at 632-640 Hinman Ave. and 2314-2316 Sherman Ave.

And the Zoning Committee of the Plan Commission is scheduled to consider regulations on the installation of solar panels when it meets tonight at 6 p.m.

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