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Good Tuesday morning, Evanston.

Northwestern grad students Syd González (from left), Jax Krause and Andrew Kim enjoyed lunch Monday at Fountain Square, as the spring warmup makes al fresco dining an option again. Today’s high: 73. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

Credit: City of Evanston council packet

Evanston City Council cleared the way Monday for a new development at Church Street and Darrow Avenue. The ambitious project by Mt. Pisgah Ministry and the Housing Opportunity Development Corp. involves a four-story building with 33 units of affordable housing and ground-floor retail, plus a new three-story worship space (seen at right). Some Fifth Ward residents have criticized the concentration of affordable housing and proposed other uses for the site.

Credit: Duncan Agnew

District 65 plans to turn the tennis and basketball courts next to Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center into a parking lot for employees at the new Fifth Ward school. Those City of Evanston courts were funded with state grant money that required the amenities be maintained through 2028, so now the city must find vacant land and develop a new public park space to replace the lost area.

The shared entrance of Union Pizza/Evanston Space.
Credit: Manan Bhavnani

Evanston SPACE will get a little more space and Union Pizzeria can expand outdoors after the City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a zoning change requested by the businesses at 1245 Chicago Ave. SPACE will gain a separate entrance and its own bar and restrooms. The pizzeria will get a new patio on the cleared parcel of land to the south, formerly the site of Interiors Et Cetera and Another Time Another Place Antiques.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Seven new cases and no new deaths were reported Sunday, April 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.86 cases per day.

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Marla Polley (center, with Samantha Chan, left, and Karin Sconzert), got back into running with a boost from the Evanston Running Club’s 0-5K Training Program, which prepares participants for the annual Ricky Byrdsong Race Against Hate. “Now I’m back to running regularly and enjoying it,” Polley said.

Credit: Evanston Wildkits Girls Soccer Instagram

The ETHS girls soccer team cruised to a 6-1 win Monday over Wheaton St. Francis in the Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish Classic tournament. “We talked about setting a tone for the evening and they did just that,” said coach Stacy Salgado.

The “My City, Your City, Our City” Safe Summer Initiative kicks off with a festival from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the Robert Crown Community Center. There will be music, art, yoga and games, with food and refreshments available.

The city’s sewer rehabilitation project begins this Monday, April 17, and is slated for completion by a Sept. 30 deadline. Affected residents and businesses should receive advanced notice when work is planned in their area.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston: Evanston Township High School’s Geometry in Construction project presents a riot of geometric shapes at the south end of the school campus. Students returned from spring break on Monday. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

NorthShore agrees to pay $35 million settlement in medical negligence case involving troubled obstetrician. A trial ended in a hung jury, but the parties settled the case related to problems during a C-section at Evanston Hospital.

Famous Taco Burger brings Mexican, American cuisine to Central Street. Brothers Juan and Javier Magdaleno decided to open their own place, though they continue to work part time at Trattoria Demi and Edzo’s Burger Shop.

NU students, faculty gather for fireside chat on intersectionality and competency in reproductive justice. Students and faculty at Northwestern sat around a campfire and discussed access to abortion and health issues.

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Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...