Developer's death leaves project in limbo

A rendering of townhomes planned for 910-938 Custer Ave.

Plans for a 40-unit townhome development in Evanston appear to be in limbo following the death last week of one of the developers involved in the project.

William J. Rotolo, 67, of Chicago, died on Saturday, Nov. 16. Visitation is planned for Sunday afternoon at Lakeview Funeral Home in Chicago.

Rotolo, with glasses on his forehead, at a Design and Project Review committee meeting last December.

The Evanston Commons project at 910-938 Custer Ave. was approved by City Council in April, but construction has yet to begin.

A city official says that at one point recently there had been discussions about having another developer take over the project, but no agreement for that has apparently been reached.

The townhomes were intended to replace the shuttered Dard Products warehouse and factory on the site.

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My deepest sympathies

My deepest sympathies to Bill Rotolo's family and friends during this difficult time. Bill was excited to help transform the west end of the Chicago-Main district. Hopefully someone will step forward to honor his legacy. Thank you Bill.