In a possible sign of growing interest in redevelopment on Evanston’s west side, the owners of land that forms a section of the former Mayfair railroad right-of-way have decided to place the property up for sale.

An image, from Google Street View, looking down the old rail right of way from the intersection of Lake Street and Dodge Avenue.

The four vacant parcels, totaling 2.34 acres running between Lake and Davis streets, are priced at $1.69 million, according to the broker with the listing, Bob Parris of Manchester Realty.

The tract, which for the most part lies just east of a parking lot for Evanston Township High School, was envisioned in the city’s West Evanston plan, adopted a few years ago, as the site of a bike path.

Parris says that the owners, members of his family, “are willing to sell the land to another developer,” but “would be open to creative financing solutions for an institutional or municipal purchaser.” 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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