At its next regularly scheduled meeting, City Council members may deliberate whether to grant another extension to 700 Church St. LLC, an affiliate of Focus Development, to construct a 38-story retail/residential tower in downtown Evanston. The extension granted to the company in March of 2009 will expire on Dec. 31, 2013 unless the company obtains a building permit and begins construction by that time.

The request for three more years to begin construction on the proposed tower at 708 Church St. was held in the Planning and Development Committee on Nov. 11 at the request of Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward. She said she asked for the two-week deferral of the Focus Development’s request for an extension of time “due to the absence of several people who have an interest in this, in consultation with the applicant.” Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite and Fifth Ward Alderman Delores Holmes were absent that evening.   

Mary Gavin

Mary Gavin is the founder of the Evanston RoundTable. After 23 years as its publisher and manager, she helped transition the RoundTable to nonprofit status in 2021. She continues to write, edit, mentor...