The Evanston Zoning Board of Appeals tonight postponed the continuation of its hearing on the “Great Room” dining hall at Northwestern University.

The postponement came at the request of Art Newman, the attorney and former 1st Ward alderman representing neighbors who challenged the zoning administrator’s decision to permit the continued use of the property at 600 Haven St. by NU after the school purchased the building from Seabury-Western Seminary.

Newman said he wanted to ask the City Council for a waiver of the fees charged to prepare a transcript of the proceeding. Newman said the bill for the first session of the hearing last month totaled $1,342.

Newman said he hoped to have the request for a fee waiver on the City Council agenda for its Feb. 22 meeting.

An attorney for the university said the school had no objection to the delay.

The ZBA rescheduled the hearing for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I’d like a waiver too, Art.
    “Newman said he wanted to ask the City Council for a waiver of the fees charged to prepare a transcript of the proceeding. Newman said the bill for the first session of the hearing last month totaled $1,342.”

    Sure…let’s have the City cover the expenses…it has plenty of extra money just sitting around.

    I just wonder…why does this group think that they deserve a waiver? Is the City going to waive the fees for everybody?

    1. Typical Art — his version of “let them eat cake”
      Marie Antoinette said “let them eat cake.”

      Art’s motto is “let the City’s taxpayers pay.”

      Good riddance from the City Council. It was that kind of attitude toward spending that got the City into its current financial mess. Spend, spend, spend and the taxpayers can just pay more.

  2. Waiver
    Lets see how this works. The neighbors want to punish NU [and otherwise act childish] but want the taxpayers to pay for their suit.

    Yes sounds like north shore liberals. They defend the branch libraries for ‘educational’ reasons but want to punish every other educational unit in the city.

    Reminds me of a wealthy [but still educated] Princeton grad who said at reunions his classmates bragged how they had not read a book since graduation [20 years befoe]—their family was liberal and plenty of money so no need to read.

    1. But do they read ?
      “Reminds me of a wealthy [but still educated] Princeton grad who said at reunions his classmates bragged how they had not read a book since graduation [20 years befoe]—their family was liberal and plenty of money so no need to read.”
      ========================
      These are the same, probably a lot of the branch lovers, who have leather bound copies of the Bible, Great Books, etc. on their shelves and chessboards displayed so everyone can see them, but never have read the books or played chess. It makes them feel educated to say they live in a town with more than one library and a media center [and so we “must be cultured”]—but have never got beyond Harlequin books.

  3. Point of order
    “Newman said he hoped to have the request for a fee waiver on the City Council agenda for its Feb. 22 meeting.

    How is this to be done? Certainly a former councilman cannot just put something on Council’s agenda.

    Is he getting a sympathetic alderman (Fiske?) to add this to the agenda? Can individual aldermen just add pet projects to the agenda?

    How? As a special bill to waive the fee? As part of the annual budget?

    Shouldn’t this special earmark fee-waiver go through a committee, like every other piece of legislation in Evanston?

    Is he proposing a waiver of fees which will apply to everyone in the future?

    It seems strange that the NIMBYs, who oppose ‘spot zoning’ and insist that everything follow ‘the Plan’…are now trying to arbitrarily waive fees without going through any sort of procedure.

    This proposed waiver must be referred to the proper committee and subject to citizen comment and endless delays, like every other bill in Evanston.

  4. Newman wants a $1,342 Fee Waiver!!
    You’ve got to be kidding. Newman loves to hear himself talk…and talk…and talk. Was what he said worth $1,342? Free speech is one thing; this is community theater with Newman as the self-appointed star. He ought to pay the fee himself since he wrote the scripts. What a character!

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