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A rendering of the development at 1012 Chicago Ave. that was approved by the Evanston City Council on Oct. 11. (Image from City of Evanston materials)

Good morning, Evanston.

Evanston City Council members on Oct. 11 approved a five-story, 116-unit mixed-use planned development for 1012 Chicago Ave. The approval brought to a close a complex project that involved several years of discussion and the replacement of several businesses that had long been mainstays on the block.

The site, stretching from 1012 to 1034 Chicago Ave., has been home to Richard Fisher’s Autobarn and the nearly 90-year-old rug store Oscar Isberian Rugs.

The developer sought allowances to allow a rental building of 116 units where 78 are allowed; to build to a height of 80.5 feet where a 67-foot height is allowed; and to reduce the number of off-street parking spaces from 75 to 58, officials said. The project also includes 5,822 square feet of ground-floor retail.

Fire Department to hold high-rise drills downtown Thursday, Oct. 14. The Evanston Fire Department will be conducting drills on a simulated high-rise fire from 5 p.m. until approximately 9 p.m. tonight. This multiagency exercise will involve local area fire departments at the Chase Bank tower, 1603 Orrington Ave.

These drills will reinforce the skills necessary to quickly conduct fire suppression in a multistory structure. These types of training opportunities give Evanston and neighboring departments the ability to pool their personnel and resources together to accomplish their mission faster and more efficiently.

COVID by the numbers: Eighteen new cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is eight.

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The cats rescued from Dewey Avenue. Photo provided by Nancy Maize.

How many cats is too many? Animal Welfare Board may seek limits on feline ownership. The Animal Welfare Board may propose limiting how many cats Evanston residents can own, after a Dewey Avenue house fire in August led to the rescue of more than 40 felines.

A total of 42 cats were ultimately rescued after an Aug. 16 fire at a home in the 1300 block of Dewey, in what authorities called a hoarding situation. Since then, the Evanston Animal Shelter has been developing a plan for the cats’ rehabilitation and slowly moving toward the animals’ foster care and adoption.

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Northwestern University Library Workers unionize, march to Provost’s office. Over 130 Northwestern library employees gathered Tuesday to announce their unionization through SEIU Local 73, which represents school staff and service workers in Illinois and Indiana. The library workers marched to Provost Kathleen Hagerty’s office to present a list of demands.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...