Central Station Apartments project officially breaks ground

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Station Apartments, a joint residential and retail propety, was held Wednesday, August 15.
The building is still on track to be finished by late May or early June 2013, even though the foundations are taking longer than hoped for, Bob Horne of Dodge Capital, the developers of the project, said.
About 40 people attended, including Alderman Jane Grover, Alderman Mark Tendam, City of Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz, City of Evanston's Zoning & Planning Manager Dennis Marin, along with representatives from project developers M&R Development and Dodge Capital.
Much of the construction at this site, which was once home to the old Evanston Theatre, is "still in the ground and will be for the next month," Horne said. Beginning in September, Evanston residents will begin to see above-ground progress at the site.
There is nothing to report on retail or commercial leasing for the ground level of Central Station Apartments, according to Horne. No marketing initiatives are currently under way to secure renters for the 80 luxury apartment units, but Horne said he hopes to make strides in that area over the next three to six months.