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The current location for Gordon Food Service on Oakton Street may become a Salvation Army resale shop. (City of Evanston photo) Credit: City of Evanston photo / City of Evanston

Members of the Evanston Design and Project Review committee voted unanimously on Feb. 22 to recommend issuing a permit for a Salvation Army resale establishment at 2424 Oakton St.

The shop will replace the Gordon Food Service store currently at that location.

The matter had been held over from the committee’s Jan. 25 meeting, when the petitioners were asked to address various concerns around security and upkeep.

Salvation Army officials pledged to introduce a number of measures that would discourage the public from illicitly discarding unusable materials, said attorney Mitch Melamed, who represented them in the meeting.

According to the proposal, the store would accept drop-offs at a manned location during business hours. The drop-off location would be monitored with security cameras and store employees would regularly patrol the area within a 250-foot radius of the store for stray items.

Having those precautions in place, Melamed said, “would be very detrimental to having people come to pilfer or drop off during the night.”

The organization said that it would consider a gate for the parking lot, but committee members said that fencing or similar structures would be best avoided unless completely necessary.

The committee, which approved the proposal in a 9-0 vote, added a caveat that, should the business ultimately be given a go-ahead from the City, Salvation Army officials will be required to meet with Evanston officials after one year to review the precautions, then will have to have a similar meeting every two years thereafter.

The Land Use Commission will hear the Salvation Army’s proposal on March 9.

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  1. Salvation Army is a wonderful organization. I’m glad they are coming back to Evanston. I hope Goodwill does not suffer. They too have been an excellent resource for re-sale, recycling, and employment. Best wishes for continued success to both of them.