Evanston’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday postponed a decision on the controversy over Northwestern University’s use of the former Seabury-Western Seminary dining hall.

An Orrington Avenue neighbor of the Haven Street property has challenged the city zoning administrator’s decision to approve the university’s use of the building as a continuation of the pre-existing non-conforming use, claiming the school has improperly expanded the usage — a charge the university denies.

After several meetings filled with testimony on the issue, the ZBA lacked a quorum Tuesday to take a vote, and postponed action for two weeks.

Northwestern bought the Seabury property last year as the seminary scaled back its operations and has relabeled the Gothic style dining hall the “Great Room.”  

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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