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The clock is ticking on the proposed purchase and development of 1714-20 Chicago Ave., the present site of the parking lot used primarily by users of the Evanston Public Library.
Greg Stec of Chicago Avenue Partners, the development team that has proposed an 11-story on the site for the site, asked for an amendment of the contract to purchase the site from the City – an extension of time until the end of the year.
At the June 10 City Council meeting, representatives of the historic buildings that sit on the same block spoke against granting the extension, which would have been the third. The previous amendment, executed in December of last year, was set to expire at 5 p.m. on June 12.
Sara Schastok said the developers had not addressed the “deficiencies identified by the Design and Project Review Committee” and added, “There is no valid reason to grant the developers an extension for a third time.”
Vicky Burke of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union said, “Please vote ‘No.’ They’ve had two extensions, and they’ve done nothing.”
Marge Gambow of the Woman’s Club of Evanston said she wished to “state our continued opposition to the 1714-20 project.”
Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said, “Extending the contract for the third time would be fruitless. I move that we hold this matter and look at other possibilities.” Neither she nor any of her colleagues on the Council specified a date at which they would take up the matter again. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for June 27, more than two weeks after the expiration date of the contract extension.