A rendering of plans for 2030 Greenwood St., showing the street-facing building in the proposed complex.

Revised plans for a 24-unit apartment complex at 2030 Greenwood St. in Evanston shown this week increase the amount of parking provided and reconfigure the shape of the development.

The new plans, shown at a 2nd Ward meeting Thursday night, increase the parking from 28 to 39 spaces and move most of it to ground-level garage spaces from what had previously been proposed as an open parking lot.

A rendering looking northwest from the rear of the 2030 Greenwood site, showing the tandem parking spaces on the building’s ground floor.
A rendering looking northwest from the rear of the 2030 Greenwood site, showing the tandem parking spaces on the building’s ground floor.

Previously all 24 apartments were in a single building that faced a courtyard rather than the street. In the new plan the apartments are split into two buildings with six units facing the street and the rest facing a courtyard.

A site plan drawing for 2030 Greenwood St.

The plans call for including two affordable units in the development, as required by the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance.

Lincolnwood developer Bojan Arnautovic said the project, planned for what’s now a vacant lot, would likely generate about $100,000 a year in property tax revenue.

Some neighbors of the development voiced fears that the parking provided would still be insufficient. They also suggested that once on-site classes resume at the nearby Evanston Township High School the area will become very congested.

One neighbor, Nicolette Jones, said, “It looks good but it is just too much in that little area.”

Lonnie Porter, owner of the adjoining 26-unit live-work apartment development at 2100 Greenwood, said he was “amazed at the density” of the new project, which he said would be the tallest n the neighborhood.

But Arnautovic responded that Porter’s units are much bigger than those proposed in the new development — averaging 2,000 square feet rather than 1,200.

He said market-rate rents in the new development would run between $2 and $2.25 per square foot.

Community Development Director Johanna Nyden said the project is still being reviewed by city staff. She said she anticipates it will reach the city’s Design and Project Review Committee for the start of the formal review process early next Month.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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