Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to approve construction of an intermediate booster pump station for the Morton Grove-Niles Water Commission on the site of the former Shore School at 2525 Church St.

Construction of the pump station is required to implement the city’s agreement to sell water to Morton Grove and Niles.

The property is owned by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and leased to the City of Evanston.

The pump station building is to include restroom facilities and mechanical room for a planned splash pad that Evanston plans to build as part of an expansion of Beck Park once the pump building is completed.

The water commission is to cover the cost of constructing the new building and demolishing the school building on the site, with Evanston to reimburse it for demolition costs and the cost of the new bathroom fixtures.

The plan requires approval of a memorandum of understanding between the city and the water commission and a zoning exemption for construction of the pump station on land zoned for open space use.

The city’s Design and Project Review Committee last Wednesday recommended approval of the plans.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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