Neighbors to discuss Mayfair development options

Envisioning the future of the industrial corridor along the former Mayfair railroad right of way will be a major topic of discussion at the June meeting of Smith Park Neighbors.

The city is about to move planning for possible redevelopment of property along the corridor into high gear and has pre-qualified four firms to work on the project.

The city is trying to get the work done before a 120-day building permit moratorium imposed by the City Council expires on August 12.

Smith Park scheduled for renovation next year

The City of Evanston reportedly has set aside $440,000 to renovate Smith Park at Lyons Street and Ashland Avenue next year.

The city has been spending at a level at which it renovated parks on average only once every 18 years. The City Council is considering beefing up its Capital Improvement Program spending for parks to move to a 12-year cycle for park renovations.