Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’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 agend items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 7:15 p.m.

Minutes approved.

P1 – Sidewalk Cafe for Cafe Mozart, 600 Davis. 

Owner says hope sidewalk cafe will increase business. Approved.

P2 – Main Street study contract extension. Approved.

P3 – Main Street Transit-oriented Development Study report. Related story. Approved.

P4 – Parking variance for 802 Florence

Karen Pratt, owner of 802 Florence, says she’s not doing it for financial gain, says if can’t get the variance will have to sell it. Says she’s a retired Evanston teacher and can’t afford the property any longer. Wants to be able to sell the two-flat on the lot and keep the house she lives in.

Ann Harkinan, 1524-1/2 Main, 42-year resident of Evanston. Says she lives about a half-block away from the site. Says her own house, on the back of a nearby lot, is part of a condo with the house in front of it. Says has worked well for 15 years. Says if aldermen won’t approve a complete separation of Pratt’s property, perhaps they could approve it as a condo instead.

Alderman Coleen Burrus, whose 9th Ward includes the property, says she’s in support of the zoning variance request. Says she’s not heard any complaints from neighbors about subdividing the property.

The committee members are unanimous in favor of recommending approval of the variance (despite a recommendation against approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

P5 – Major Zoning Relief for 910 Hinman

This item was withdrawn by the applicant. So, no discussion.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

City Council meeting will start in a few minutes.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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