A planned nine-story 242-unit residential development at 831 Emerson St. has gained a three-and-a-half-foot front yard setback as the developer seeks final approval for the project at tonight’s Evanston City Council meeting.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, told residents at a ward meeting last week that she thinks the building should have a 27-foot setback.

The existing two story commercial building on the site is built to the property line.

The lack of a setback also drew complaints the last time the City Council discussed the project, on April 17, from Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward. And Alderman Eleanor Revelle, 7th Ward, also voted against the project at that time.

With three new aldermen joining the City Council since that vote, it appears the council’s new members will determine whether the plan can get the six vote majority required for passage tonight.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Date set to start demolition and new building ?

    Has even a ‘guesstiment’ been made ?


    I see that work has begun on 824-28 Noyes [Noyes Cafe was there]—I think in the last week or so.

    I’d thought the existing first floor store area was to be retained but it looks like they have been gutted and only the exterior walls have been retained—I could see the north, east and west but not south wall where I assume they brought in the heavy equipment.

    I remember the Corinthian Column restaurant there in the 70s and am told D&D occupied the space to the east but [until they moved across the street] I’ve never found pictures of it. I looked for pictures of both at EPL but did not find any but they have a folder of Restaurants before 1979 that was very interesting. 1961 Original House of Pancakes [on Main I think] where some pancakes were under $1 and I think the Apple and Swedish under $2. I have to mention in early 1970s the Beef and Stein—Howard and Dodge—on weekends had a rib-eye steak, hash browns, English Muffin, eggs, Harvey Wallbanger, coffee, all the peanuts you wanted and I’m probably forgetting something—and some of the nicest waitresses I seen—all for $2. Don’t bother calculating inflation—even then it was an un-believable bargain I’m sure I’ll never see again.

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