Several residents of the Sienna condominium complex in Evanston objected at a Plan Commission hearing Wednesday night to a proposal to build a 17-story “active adult” development on a parking lot across the street at 1727 Oak Ave.

The speakers included several Sienna residents with disabilities, including Mary Jo Crihfield, who said the new building, along with another already-approved development at 1815 Ridge, would “create a severe parking shortage on Oak” that, among other things, would create difficulties for her caregivers in reaching her apartment.

The proposed development, from the Trammell Crow Company, includes slightly more parking than the minimum required by city zoning and would also slightly increase the number of on-street parking spaces on Oak.

A rendering of the 1727 Oak plans.

Another Sienna resident, Gary Johnson, claimed there is already a lot of traffic congestion in the area — especially at the curve where Oak Avenue and Clark Street intersect. People “treat it like an exit ramp from Ridge,” Johnson said.

A traffic study, conducted as part of the planned development application for the project, reports that 222 cars now go around that corner during the morning rush hour peak from 8 and 9 a.m — or roughly one car every 15 seconds.

The traffic study forecasts the new development would add 16 cars — or roughly one every four minutes — to that flow.

At the request of the neighbors, the Plan Commission hearing on the project was continued until the panel’s next meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Sienna guest parking
    Residence of the Sienna can arrange for guest to have indoor, heated and protected parking for $10.00 for 24 hours. This will be charged to the residence
    account. Plenty of available spaces. Perimeter street parking is 25 Cents -per hour maximum 15 hours. This rate should be at least tripled to create more available street parking spaces.

    1. At one time

      At one time the the Sienna development was opposed by local residents. Now Sienna residents are oppposing new projects. Only in Evanston do people think the entire world revolves around them.

      1. Not unique

        >> “Only in Evanston do people think the entire world revolves around them.”

        I don’t think that’s Evanston-exclusive.

        1. objections
          It’s just that in other burbs, people don’t moan about everything to the newspapers…….LOTS of whiners here, for sure!.

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