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 agenda items is available online.

Meeting called to order at 7:21 p.m.

Minutes approved.

P1 – Special use for residential building at 1413-15 Howard St.

Conversion of vacant commercial space on first floor of three story building to six handicap-accessible rental units.

Had previously asked for seven units, which would have required a zoning variance, but have dropped that request.

Property already has apartments on second and third floors.

At request of Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, committee votes to suspend rules so the plan can be given final approval at full City Council meeting tonight.

P2 – Special use for Type 2 restaurant, Blaze Pizza, at 1737 Sherman Ave. Approved. Related story.

P3 – Special use for commercial indoor recreation facility, Goldfish Swim School at 2008 Dempster.

Will offer classes to kids from toddler to 12 years old. Related story. Approved with recommendation to suspend the rules to give final approval at tonight’s City Council meeting.

P4 – Orrington Hotel planned development time extension for residential development above the hotel garage at 1717-25 Sherman Avenue. Related story.

Jeanne Lindwall says thinks it a good project — but agrees with staff recommendation that this should be the last time extension for the project. Says that should be specified in the ordinance.

Alderman Jane Grover, 7th Ward, says sees similarity between this and the 708 Church St. project — for which council denied an additional extension of time last fall. Says hoping that they get the project here going on it. Notes that on this project new owner has been busy renovating the hotel itself — which distinguishes it from the 708 Church project.

Approved for introduction.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.

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

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

Leave a comment

The goal of our comment policy is to make the comments section a vibrant yet civil space. Treat each other with respect — even the people you disagree with. Whenever possible, provide links to credible documentary evidence to back up your factual claims.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *