Evanston’s Zoning Board of Appeals made quick work of its agenda Tuesday night — postponing both issues it faced until Jan. 19 at the request of parties involved.

The challenge by neighbors to the zoning staff’s approval of Northwestern University’s “Great Room” dining facility on the Seabury-Western Seminary property at 600 Haven St. was postponed at the request of university officials who said students who are residents of the area and would be impacted by the decision are on break until January and that they also needed extra time to bring in officials from Seabury who could testify about the previous use of the facility.

The request for zoning variances to build a planned 10,000 square foot addition to the Chiaravalle Montessori School at 425 Dempster St., was postponed at the request of the school’s attorney, Steve Friedland, who said the there were some procedural issues he needed to work through with city staff.

The school, which has leased the property from the city for many years, is in the process of buying the land from the city. Zoning Administrator Bill Dunkley said he agreed that because of the complexity of the case the postponement was appropriate.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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