ZBA postpones ‘Great Room’ hearing

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.

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