February 22, 2024
Fifth Ward reasonably priced housing plan depends on city-church land swap

The price of residing is on the rise in Evanston. Longtime Evanstonians are being displaced to surrounding suburbs, and Fifth Ward residents are amongst these most in danger, stated Fifth Ward Council Member Bobby Burns.

Fifth Ward Council Member Bobby Burns speaks at Thursday’s assembly. Credit score: Gina Castro

“The the price of residing in Evanston is just too excessive,” Burns stated to an viewers of Fifth Ward residents.

“Whereas I’m right here, we’re going to acquire extra reasonably priced housing items; we’ll win this battle towards displacement, gentrification, interval.”

On Thursday night time, Mt. Pisgah Ministry and the Housing Alternative Growth Corp. (HODC) offered a joint proposal so as to add extra reasonably priced housing rental items within the Fifth Ward.

Greater than 40 residents stuffed the pews of the Mt. Pisgah Ministry to listen to the revitalization challenge proposal for 1805-1815 Church St.

The proposal to construct a five-story residential constructing with 44 reasonably priced rental items and underground parking would come with retail area of three,000 sq. ft that would match two or extra storefronts as properly.

As well as, Mt. Pisgah Ministry would construct a two-story place of worship on the identical block. The town at present owns the property at 1805 Church St. and 1708-10 Darrow Ave. Mt. Pisgah Ministry owns 1813-15 Church St. 

Mt. Pisgah and HODC are proposing that Mt. Pisgah swaps land with the town. The brand new church could be constructed on the town’s nook lot, and, in flip, HODC would take over the remaining parcels of land on the block and pay the property taxes.