City of Evanston: Stop the Mega-Development on Sherman
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The City of Evanston is considering another mega-development that threatens the welcoming character of our city.
In accordance with Evanston’s Downtown Plan, the 1450-1508 block of Sherman Avenue is a key “transitional” block between Evanston’s downtown and the city’s historic residential neighborhoods. This inviting, human-scale block is home to a number of independent restaurants and storefronts, including Tommy Nevins and Prairie Moon. A for-profit developer called Albion has submitted a 287-unit, 16-story proposal that threatens the unique character and quality of Evanston’s downtown.
The former Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals said “I cannot recall any building proposal that was as inappropriate for the site proposed as this development for Sherman Avenue.” In fact, the proposed development violates the city’s own zoning guidelines: the proposal includes too many units and too few parking spaces, is too close to the sidewalk, and is far too tall. Even still, the development fails to provide sufficient onsite affordable housing, instead catering to the already oversaturated high-end luxury rental market. The building - which is unlikely to provide sufficient tax-revenue - may further exacerbate Evanston’s affordability crisis, undermine Evanston’s fair housing opportunities, create severe wind tunnels, and cause serious congestion. Despite these concerns, neither the City nor the developer have conducted a single study on the building’s impact.
Thoughtful development is critical to a city’s success. Let’s reimagine this block of Sherman Avenue in a vibrant, human-scale way incorporating sufficient on-site affordable housing, respecting the city’s Downtown Plan, and reflecting Evanston’s unique and welcoming character.
Tell the City that this high-rise, mega-development is contrary to the interests and values of Evanston. Tell City Council to reject the Albion plan.
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