Nine-story project underway in Evanston


Construction has started for a nine-story, mixed use development in Evanston, after several years of effort.

The building at Chicago and Main will include 12,502 sq. ft. of office space, 11,284 sq. ft. of retail, and 112 residential apartments, all two- or three-bedroom units, with 9-foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies and luxury amenities, officials said. The developers are aiming for LEED Silver status.

Donning construction hats, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl, Ald. Melissa Wynne and developer John O’Donnell officially turned the first mound of soil for the project, The Evanston Review reported.

Evanston officials were pushing for an office building for the site, but had to switch course to mixed use when that concept failed to generate takers in an over-saturated market several years ago.

The Construction Management Plan filed with the municipality indicates that the general contractor is Power Construction and the architect is GREC Architects Inc.

At the ceremony, O’Donnell, whose Riverside Investment & Development Company is in partnership with Atlantic Realty Partners on the project, praised the work of GREC Architects and their flexibility as the project evolved over time.

“They really came up with what is an elegant design,” for what is a “small but complex building,” he said.

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