Developers of the proposed 49-story tower building on the Fountain Square block announced at this evening’s Evanston Plan Commission meeting that they have reached agreement to acquire the neighboring historic landmark Hahn Building.

Developer Tim Anderson of Focus Development said they plan to maintain the three-story Hahn Building “in its historic context.”

“We won’t gut the building and leave the facade,” he added — a reference to the plan from another developer, since withdrawn, for building a 37-story tower atop the landmark building.

Mr. Anderson said the developers plan to fix up the existing facade of the building and retain the existing Class B office space on the second and third floors.

Loss of Class B office space under the two tower proposals for the block had led to objections to the plans from owners of smaller professional offices in the downtown area.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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