Plans for Fast Food Chain Restaurant at Gross Point and Crawford Canceled

The proposal for the fast food drive-through restaurant at Gross Point and Crawford have been withdrawn by the applicant. According to City staff, the company has put all expansion plans for the chain on hold and will not be building any new restaurants due to financial issues.

Are Evanston Residential Property Taxes Going Down? Crain's says "likely"

From a recent Crain's Chicago Business article:

"If there is a silver lining, at least in the near term, it's that higher assessments on commercial properties in Cook County are likely to result in lower taxes for many homeowners. In Evanston, for instance, the assessed value of all residential property rose 25 percent from 2018 to 2019, while the assessed value of all commercial and industrial property rose 125 percent. The wide gap suggests that taxes will rise for commercial and industrial landlords in the suburb when property tax bills come out next year but drop for Evanston homeowners"

Read the full story here:

Crain's Chicago Business 4/12/2019: What Evanston's assessments tell us about the new assessor's new math

New Tax on Central Street?

If you own property or a business on Central Street between roughly Ashland and Marcy ... or on Green Bay north of Lincoln ... you may want to attend one of these two meetings.  The first meeting is this Tuesday night April 30 at 7:00 p.m.(details below).

A proposal to create a Special Service Area (SSA) on Central Street will be discussed. Per the proposed map above the area under consideration includes many residences on Central outside the east and west business zones. It appears that any new taxes proposed to support the proposed SSA will apply to all properties within the SSA ... including businesses and residences.

7th Ward Meeting

Alderman Eleanor Revelle has invited residents to a 7th Ward meeting, Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

The agenda will include the following topics:

  • Possible formation of a Central Street Special Service Area (SSA)
  • Canal Shores news: 100th Anniversary plans
  • Proposed additional uses for the Ryan Field campus
  • Robert Crown Community Center — Update and Q&A
  • Other 7th Ward News

Hearing Postponed for Fast Food Drive Through and Residential Rezoning

Notices went out two weeks ago for hearings for major variations, special use permits and map amendments for a Fast Food restaurant with a drive through that includes rezoning residential property. The hearing scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 at the Joint Meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission has been postponed. New notices will be sent by the City when the hearings are rescheduled.

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