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The developers of E2, the two-tower apartment project in downtown Evanston, are planning a topping-off party a week from today.

And they’ve scheduled the start of work to dismantle the two high-rise tower cranes used to construct the building for a week later, on June 26.

Co-developers Fifield Cos. and Carroll Properties are building the 356-unit rental development between Maple and Oak avenues on Emerson Street — the city’s first high-rise since the economic downturn. 

The developers say that despite a difficult winter construction environment, the project has stayed on schedule.

Interior built-out work, designed by Evanston-based Morgante Wilson Architects, will continue until the scheduled completion of the buildings in the first quarter of next year.

The E2 building at 1881 Oak Ave. will have 16 floors, while the one at 1890 Maple Ave. will have 14.

The buildings will be connected by a four-story structure that will include three floors of parking and a fourth-floor amenity deck.

Apartment tower rental units at E2 will range from 500-to-1,300 square feet and offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. The development will also offer 4,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 12 street-level, three-bedroom townhomes along Emerson Street.

The E2 towers seen from the 1800 block of Ridge Avenue, with the former commercial laundry building at 1815 Ridge in the foreground. That property, now for sale, could become a new downtown development site if it finds a buyer.

General contractor McHugh Construction says it’s expected to take two weeks to take apart and remove the cranes.

So, assuming no weather-related delays, from June 26 through July 10 University Place will be closed during business hours from just west of the Maple Avenue garage entrance to Oak Street.

From the garage entrance to Maple Avenue there’ll be just one lane of traffic controlled by flaggers.

Drivers will be able to exit the garage onto University Place, but will only be able to enter it from Maple Avenue.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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