Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The meeting was scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

A packet with information on tonight’s agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 7:38 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Commercial indoor recreation facility at 2025 Dempster St. for Evanston Soccer Association.

Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, says he supports the proposal. Really excited about positive presence it will bring the the ward. Says has also met with residents at a ward meeting and with local business owners.

Says the property is vacant. Suggests suspension of the rules so can get the facility operating in time for the soccer season.

Property is in the I2 industrial zone. City staffer says pickup and dropoff for the facility would be located on Greenwood Street.

Matt Tobin and Lander Brown of the soccer association. Tobin says the program has 650 youngsters participating in the program andthe new site would well serve the program’s needs. Says have previously sent kids to Highland Park and Chicago for practices — bringing it back here would create more business in the community.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says she’s only voting to suspend the rules to give immediate approval to this project because Alderman Braithwaite said he wouldn’t support suspension of the rules for the Howard-Hartrey TIF expansion if she didn’t.

Committee votes to approve the request with a recommendation to the full City Council to suspend the rules.

Protein Bar restaurant 1622 Sherman (current location of Lululemon.

Alderman Wilson says a lot of his constituents hope Lululemon will be able to find a new location in Evanston. (It’s moving to Old Orchard.)

Owner says menu includes wraps and high-protein beverages.


Three year planned development extension for 1603-1629 Orrington Ave.

Planned development originally was approed in 1969. Substantial amendment in 2005 for proposed retail expansion that hasn’t happened yet because of soft economy.

Extension approved.

Meeting adjourned at 8:02 p.m.

City Council meeting scheduled to start in about 10 minutes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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