Here’s a recap of our live coverage of this evening’s Evanston City Council Planning and Development Committee meeting.

The meeting began at 5 p.m. A packet with information on the meeting’s agenda items is available online

Minutes approved.

P1 – Resolution 54-R-20 African American Heritage Sites

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Alderman Robin Rue Simmons, 5th Ward, says the idea was first developed about 15 years ago by Dino Robinson of Shorefront. Says he has worked recently with the Preservation Commission to get agreement on designating historic sites across the city.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, says list was fascinating to reade and hopes can ask many more.

Rue Simmons says anticipates list will grow and that it can be a vehicle for getting grant funding for the project.

Says the Evanston History Center is interested in helping with the project.

Dino Robinson says project started in the late 1990s with something called the “Pitch” initiative.

Approved 6-0.

P3 – Special use for Boys Hope Girls Hope residential care home at 820 Gaffield

Rue Simmons says the organization says the agency has been providing live-in services for mostly African-American youths coming from difficult home settings. Says the group helps fund college careers for the participants who all graduate from college — and manage to do so without any college debt.

Wynne says she lives across the street from one of the existing facilities the group runs and they’ve been great neighbors.

Approved 7-0.

P4 – Special use for Boys Hope Girls Hope residential care home at 824 Gaffield

Approved 7-0

Meeting adjourned at 5:18 p.m.

City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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