Here’s a recap of live coverage of tonight’s 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

The meeting was called to order at 7:17 p.m. 

Alderman Dolores Holmes, 5th ward, will only be joining by text, is at home unable to attend the meeting, says Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd ward.

Meeting minutes of Oct. 28 approved.

Action and debate on resolution to extend time to obtain a building permit to construct planned development at 708 Church St. is held until Nov. 25 meeting.

Due to absence of several people tonight and their interest in this issue and consultation with applicant move to date of next official Planning and Development Committee meeting (scheduled for Nov. 25), says Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th ward. 

We could keep that list of people who want to comment at the next meeting, Rainey suggests. 

I would like given we’re going to go forward with an hour or so of testimony, if we could acknowledge the applicant and acknowledge his presence and make a statement of some kind, Rainey says. If people are going to be able to speak, everyone should be able to. Says she’s trying to be polite. 

I’m trying to follow parliamentary rules, Wynne says. 

Most people choose to speak at the next meeting. 

Arthur Altman, of 807 Davis St., says the Marshal Field building was historic, fits architecture of downtown section and building will replace won’t fit the architecture, might as well tear down Marshal Field as it is not modern enough. 

City spent a lot of money putting in bike paths, will disrupt bike paths if they build and make a lot of people unhappy he says. Biz men are upset with “debacle on Davis Street with all sewer construction.” If they put this building up it will again put biz at risk and biz that marginal will go out. It took a long time to fill stores at this site they want to build the building. If they go ahead these poor people and small companies will probably go out of buiness, he says. 

Is there really a need and how long will it take to fill up, he asks. Says there is an oversupply of units, and more units are not really needed. “Also, if you keep building buildings, this is turning into a midtown Manhattan type of thing,” he says. Students that go to Northwestern University are not interested in Manhattan type of town, he says. 

More and more of country controlled by big companies and I don’t think in Evanston we should allow big companies to control citizenry, he says. Audience applauds. 

Applicant holds comment for next meeting. Citizen comment concluded. 

Ordinance granting special use for commercial indoor recreation facility at 2800 Central St. 

Adoption recommended by City Council. 

Meeting is adjourned at 7:31 p.m. 

City Council meeting to start at 7:45 p.m. 

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  1. 807 Davis highrise views

    Public comment was made by a resident of 807 Davis.  That is the building where owners don't want their personal views impeded in any way and will fight this project with any and every argument they can pull from thier backsides.  

    Every "concern" that was mentioned is easily refuted.  They want their views at the expense of everyone else, simple as that. 

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