From left, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Third Ward Alderman Melissa Wynne and AMLI Residential executives Stephen Ross and Jennifer Wolf formally broke ground at the Chicago Avenue and Kedzie Street site. Photo by Cassandra Clegg

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National developer AMLI Residential has broken ground on its 214-unit project along Chicago Avenue and Kedzie Street. In December, AMLI began work on the project by demolishing three vacant buildings on Chicago Avenue. Apartments are to be designed for LEED Silver certification, with emphasis on green building and in-town, healthy living. In addition, the community will participate in AMLI’s “Breatheasy” program, which prohibits smoking by residents and guests inside apartments and throughout the community, creating a healthy and clean living environment for residents.

Evanstonians can look forward to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, live-work lofts, storefront retail, landscaping by Teska and Associates and the newly replaced retaining wall along the Metra tracks. AMLI says it expects its first residents to move in by spring 2013.

Alderman Melissa Wynne, in whose Third Ward the project lies, said, “This is yet another great project that will provide quality housing and help boost the local economy along the Chicago Avenue corridor, and we welcome AMLI Residential to Evanston.”

Alderman Wynne and Mayor Elisabeth Tisdahl joined AMLI executives for the groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 8.