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Old December 6th, 2006, 11:43 PM   #121
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Any idea when the Howard Station development...that highrise is supposed to be completed...I forgot
i don't believe i ever heard a construction schedule for this one, but my best guess would be spring '08.
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:39 PM   #122
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Old December 19th, 2006, 09:40 PM   #123
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from Evanston Now

Planners eye Dobson-Ridge condos
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Old December 19th, 2006, 11:36 PM   #124
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Old December 20th, 2006, 05:05 AM   #125
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^ What the hell? Doesn't look like anything significant is being gained with this development.

Rehab the old ones, I say
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Old December 20th, 2006, 06:16 AM   #126
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well, not that it is good or bad, but I believe the new development is condos priced at 300-400 sq ft so we are looking at 200K min to get in or so

whereas these currently are rentals I believe....thought I may be wrong


so, basically people who can afford condos ------come on down
people who cannot ------ here's the door, don't let it hit you in the ass
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Old December 28th, 2006, 06:32 PM   #127
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^ What the hell? Doesn't look like anything significant is being gained with this development.

Rehab the old ones, I say
Agreed.
The old buildings are quaint, plain, but built WELL and SOLID.
I believe that if you are going to raze them,
you better to be putting something double the height of this new
fugly critter and with better aesthetics.
that is worse looking than what is there.
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Old January 5th, 2007, 07:01 PM   #128
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http://www.evanstonnow.com/node/1772

Maple project has neighbors steaming
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Old January 7th, 2007, 01:34 PM   #129
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neighbors protests aside, i can't think of any area on the rim of downtown Evanston that could use the sprusing up as much as this part. emerson street appears grim compared to the dynamic areas it ajoins.
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Old January 7th, 2007, 07:51 PM   #130
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Is this the NIMBY poster lady?
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Old January 12th, 2007, 02:31 AM   #131
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Here's Green Bay Rd & Emerson St, the Grand Bend at Green Bay project. Construction on the six-story building has reached the fourth floor (as of Jan 5, 2007).
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Old January 12th, 2007, 05:47 PM   #132
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I dont like age discrimination,
but that nimby lady is trying to hold us back,
wtf?
she should be looking toward the FUTURE,
and future tax base and toward a vibrant downtown for evanston,


I have no problem with some old houses being torn down for HIGHRISES,
it happened along LSD long ago,
but this Mcmansion effect is ridiculous,
if you are going to tear down Mike Royko's old house,
there had better be a supertall or midrise going up,

we need smart growth like the previous plan,
if you look in the ladies' eyes you can see she is CRAZY. and
is holding onto to anitiquated ideas,
which is not necessarily due to her age, but her old thinking,

age is nothing but a number,
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Old February 14th, 2007, 11:53 AM   #133
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Old February 25th, 2007, 10:58 PM   #134
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the tower crane for the howard street station project up in evanston was erected sometime over the last two days.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 12:13 AM   #135
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POTENTIALLY HUGE EVANSTON NEWS!

evanstonnow.com is reporting that focus development is now trying to procure the land that roszak development unseuccessfully tried to aquire for their 38 story fountain square proposal. that project now appears to be dead, but the new word on the street is that focus development's plan for the site includes a tower that might stand as much as 50 stories tall! that would be an unbelievable height for a new signature tower in downtown evanston. the downside is that focus development's two previous evanston highrises, church street station & sherman plaza, are both quite regrettably bland.

read the whole article here: http://www.evanstonnow.com/node/2028
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Hmm... Evanston essentially vetoed a quite respectable, very slim 38-story tower and now they're going to get a proposal for a 50-story tower on the same site?

There's no way a 50-story tower has been zoned for at that site, so this will definitely require a variance, and I can't see Evanston's NIMBYs granting one to this tower in this location.

On a related note - I love seeing this kind of growth in perimeter cities. NYC has White Plains and New Rochelle; we have Aurora and Evanston, both of which are forming respectable skylines.
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Fantastic news for Evanston! Hopefully it will grow a nice skyline of its own in the years to come.
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Old March 1st, 2007, 05:27 AM   #138
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There's no way a 50-story tower has been zoned for at that site, so this will definitely require a variance, and I can't see Evanston's NIMBYs granting one to this tower in this location.

aardecilia, i think it is more than an issue of NIMBY's. A 50-storey bldg in downtown Evanston would be a watershed moment...it would so fundamentally change the nature of the community in its ability to open the flood gates to massive high rise construction.

i have mixed emotions on the issue. I find Evanston's metamorphosis into an exciting, walkable suburb to be remarkable. I am, as a person who for many years was an Evanstonian, aware the city also has a strong North Shore personality and that density has always mixed well with spaciousness within the diverse areas of Evanston.

Let's keep something in mind about Evanston; unlike its most similiar community, Oak Park, there is no expressway access directly found in Evanston. The pressure that overdevelopment of both commerical and residential high rises on the DT area does not have, like in Oak Park, the Eisenhower to take the load. The Touhy, Dempster, Old Orchard and Lake St/Skokie Blvd. connections to the Edens are removed enough from Evanston to aid the city.

In other words, personally I believe there are limits on how much density the city can comfortably hold.
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I could be wrong but doesn't Metra have a station in downtown Evanston? Is it in walking distance of this site?
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Old March 1st, 2007, 01:07 PM   #140
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I could be wrong but doesn't Metra have a station in downtown Evanston? Is it in walking distance of this site?
Sure it does; and its about ten steps away from the CTA's Davis St. station. But both Metra and CTA are desinged to get people in and out of downtown and have little bearing on car usage within Evanston and its connection to other suburbs and the far north side neighborhoods that surround it.

People going to their jobs on LaSalle Street or Michigan Avenue from DT Evanston can and do take the train, but they are driving (out of necessity) many places when they are "at home".
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