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Planning and Development Committee

Here's a recap of our live coverage of the Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:15 p.m.

A packet with information on tonight's agenda items is available online,

Meeting called to order 7:16 p.m.

Minutes approved.

Beacon Academy special use permit for Montessori High School at 622 Davisw St.

Jeff Bell, head of the new school, says it received its first application for admission on Friday and expects to open next fall.

Says plans to have about 20 percent of the learning at the school happen off-site at various venues in Evanston.

Says will start with 9th and 10th grade students and will be a full four-year high school by 2017.

Expect to have about 120 students and 15 staff by next fall.

Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, says a private school is a permitted special used in the downtown zoning district — won't require a zoning change.

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, asks what plans are for cooperation with the YMCA.

Bell says would be using for gym facilities and also for community service projects.

Alderman Judy Fiske 1st Ward, asks about how many parents will be picking up students how often.

Bell says will ask for one meter to be hooded during the morning drop-off hours. But also hopes kids will take public transportation.

Says afternoon dismissal will vary because of extra-curricular activities.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says students would be arriving in the morning long before businesses are open.

Committee votes unanimously in favor of the special use.

Meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.

City Council meeting to start at 7:40 p.m.

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