City officials, residents, and representatives of developer Kinzie Builders at the groundbreaking for phase two of Church Street Village.       Photo by Heidi Randhava

Chicago-based Kinzie Builders, a division of Kinzie Real Estate Group, has broken ground on a second phase at Church Street Village, a community of new-construction townhomes, west Florence Avenue and east of Darrow Avenue. The second phase will include eight townhomes, bringing the total number of residences at the community to 40.

“The first phase of Church Street Village was very successful, with the townhomes selling out within six months of our sales launch,” said Steven Maher, managing broker for Kinzie’s brokerage division. “The city realized the positive impact the completion of this community would have on this area of Church Street, so they worked with us to quickly move forward with the second phase of homes.”

Residents of Church Street Village will be served by Willard Elementary School and Haven Middle School, which are rated as “10” and “9” respectively on, and Evanston Township High School. Further increasing the allure of the community, Evanston was recently named as one of the nation’s top 10 downtowns by

 “With such low inventory of this caliber in Evanston, the pent-up demand for newly built, for-sale townhomes is quite high,” Mr. Maher said. “We’re looking forward to bringing these eight additional residences to market when we launch pre-sales.”