New plans submitted for 831 Emerson site

831 Emerson St. (Google Maps image.)

A developer has submitted new plans for a high-rise building at 831 Emerson St. -- but they call for a shorter building than the one Evanston aldermen rejected last year.

And, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says, the units in the new development would be rented as conventional apartments -- not on the per-bed model in the previous proposal that was targeted to a largely student clientele.

The new plans, from CA/Focus Evanston JV, LLC, the same developer as before, call for a nine-story building, compared to the previous project that had a maximum height of 12 stories.

The new proposal calls for 265 dwelling units in the building, a reduction of just two from the previous plan. But it increases the number of parking spaces provided from 143 to 173.

The unit mix in the new project is:

  • 101 studio units, ranging in size from 380 to 470 square feet.
  • 56 one-bedroom units, ranging from 530 to 710 square feet.
  • 78 two-bedroom units, ranging from 760 to 900 square feet
  • 30 three-bedroom units, ranging from 1,100 to 1,200 square feet.

The site is just west of the 11-story Perlman Apartments, owned by the Cook County Housing Authority, and across the CTA tracks, adjoins the 10-story Northwestern University Englehart Hall graduate dormitory.

Much of the opposition to the previous plan came from residents of the seven-story Sherman Gardens co-op development, just across Emerson Street from the site.

Renderings of the design for the new project were not immediately available.

It took roughly six months for the previous plan to work its way through the city review process to it's ultimate rejection by the City Council last February. The new proposal will also need to go through the city's planned development review process.

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