chicago-condos & Chicago Real Estate pcherry on 23 Feb 2009 04:46 pm

Fountain Square Tower In Evanston Resubmitted For Approval

February 23, 2009 - While there is no new news about the Chicago Spire, there is an update about the so-called Evanston Spire. The Evanston Planning and Development Committee recently voted to limit the height of buildings in the downtown area to 35 stories. This directly affects the proposed Church Street or Fountain Square tower. The debate has been ongoing for about two years, and it’s not likely to end anytime soon because The Daily Northwestern reports that Klutznick-Fisher Development Company and Focus Development have now revised their plans for the proposed suburban Chicago real estate project and resubmitted then for approval to the City Council.

The tower was originally slated to be 49 stories tall, which would have made it the tallest tower outside the downtown Chicago area. With strong opposition from many residents and some council members, the developers agreed to shorten the high-rise to 38 stories. The most recent plan of 35 stories puts the building under the new restrictions and the two companies have also offered to donate $1 million to improve Fountain Square and have dropped their request for city funds to renovate the Hahn building. The developers will keep their pledge to attain silver LEED certification for the tower and donate to the affordable housing fund.

According to the Northwestern, Alderman Edmund Moran is a supporter of the project and wanted to schedule a special meeting to review the new plans on February 26th, but that isn’t going to be possible. As chairman of the Planning Committee, he opted to delay action on the proposed project last May because there wasn’t enough support to pass it. Other council members, including Elizabeth Tisdahl, don’t want to hurry a vote on the matter. In fact, some members believe that because elections are coming up, the decision should be left to the newly elected council members.

Until the controversy over the Fountain Square Tower is resolved, you can always check out the Suburban Chicago Condos that are already standing and ready for occupancy.

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