Special Community Meeting June 25 - Proposed Zoning Change for Welsh-Ryan Arena

From the latest 7th Ward Newsletter

Northwestern University representatives are hosting a community meeting to discuss the University’s proposal to amend the City’s zoning code to expand the types of uses allowed at Welsh-Ryan Arena to include additional events. Dave Davis (NU Neighborhood & Community Relations) and Mike Polisky (NU Athletics) are looking forward to talking with residents about NU’s proposal and ways in which to address community concerns.

The meeting will be held on Tues., June 25,  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.., in the Welsh-Ryan Arena, 2705 Ashland Ave, Wilson Club.

NOTE: This community meeting replaces the previously announced 7th Ward meeting originally scheduled for June 27.

2019 Northwestern Applies for Commercial-Professional Uses-Zoning Change at Stadium/Arena

Evanston is more than Northwestern University: Tell the Mayor and City Council not to sacrifice our neighborhoods!

The university has been quietly trying to obtain changes in zoning law that would allow for-profit concerts, professional sporting events, and other commercial activities at its facilities. These events would dramatically alter the quality of life and negatively impact community safety and infrastructure in Evanston and Wilmette.

For decades, Evanston zoning code for the U2 District permits Northwestern University to hold Community and cultural events of a NONPROFIT nature and AMATEUR athletics events at the Welsh-Ryan -Rocky Miller sport complex. It is critical to recognize the unique position of these facilities within a residential neighborhood and that Northwestern University is a non-profit institution dedicated to education.


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The proposal for the fast food drive-through restaurant at Gross Point and Crawford have been withdrawn by the applicant.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.


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