Evanston IL Welcomes New Northwestern Class

Evanston IL Welcomes New Northwestern Class

Evanston’s Northwestern just started its undergrad program this week and we just want to give you a warm NU-Logowelcome. The purple tradition is back in action in Evanston and we were are your welcome wagon. If you want more information you can always go to the Northwestern site and find out almost any information you want.

There have been many activities going on already and on Thursday Sherman Avenue was shut down for a welcome Northwestern block party open to the public. The spirit was great and the fountain at fountain Square was dyed Purple.. We hope you enjoy your experience and if you need any help with housing please feel free to contact us at Coldwell Banker Evanston.

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Evanston Il Real Estate a Look Through the Last Few Years

Evanston Il Real Estate a look through the last few years tells us that 2013 took off on sales of Single family homes, the market really came back strong. In the first quarter of 2014 things are still very busy but not quite as much as a year ago yet.

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Soon people are going to realize that they can get a good value for the home they own and wish to sell and things will get even stronger. We think 2014 will end up being another great year in Evanston homes sales but the properties still have to be priced correctly and marketed by a professional.

Evanston IL has so much to offer that it is a very desirable place to live and many people want to become residents of the great town of Evanston that has grown so much in the last decade. Often as a Realtor I hear people saying they want to be able to walk to stores, a variety of restaurants and easy access to public transportation, beaches and parks and Evanston offers all that and more.

If you are interested to see what property is available in Evanston IL then you can feel free to click on the Evanston Real Estate Link and see for yourself what is available and what has sold.

If you are considering selling your property then you should consult with the largest and most experienced Real Estate company in Chicago Land, Coldwell Banker Evanston.

If you are interested in living in Evanston then Coldwell Banker Evanston can help. We can provide you with access to all the current inventory on the market and show you homes when you have time and explain all the steps to a successful transaction.

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Evanston’s NU wants to build large parking lot near Beach recreation area

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By Brian L. Cox, Special to the Tribune8:59 p.m. CST, January 16, 2013

Less than week after three Evanston residents filed a lawsuit to stop a big lakefront project by Northwestern University, construction crews on Wednesday began clearing a stand of trees on the site that some say has ecological value.

“It looks like a clear-cut logging operation out there,” said Evanston resident Matthew Mirapaul, one of the plaintiffs seeking to stop the university’s $32 million project. “It looks like a sad day for Evanston.”

NU spokesman Alan Cubbage said work began before the lawsuit was filed.

“The fences have been up for at least a couple of days,” he said. “We are on a construction schedule.”

In the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court, Mirapaul and fellow residents Ann Jennett and Mitchell Harrison asked a judge to order Evanston to rescind its approval for Northwestern’s visitor center and 435-space parking garage on the southeast corner of campus. The site is adjacent to the popular Clark Street Beach.

In addition to concern about losing the trees, some opponents say the center and garage will loom inappropriately over a picturesque stretch of Evanston lakefront.

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz said the university has permission for the work to begin.

“I know our forestry folks have been in touch with the people at Northwestern,” Bobkiewicz said. “We’re keeping an eye on it. We knew it was coming.”

Mirapaul said the city has yet to respond to the lawsuit, and by Wednesday afternoon crews had cut down many of the 170 trees on the site.

“I’m astonished that this would occur so quickly,” Mirapaul said. “I thought that the legal process ensuing from the complaint would be sufficient for this not to happen.”

“Northwestern is not a party to the lawsuit, so there is nothing that prohibits us from moving forward,” said Cubbage, the university spokesman. “We have a signed project agreement with the city.”

The Evanston Preservation Commission in the fall recommended against allowing the project to proceed as proposed. But in November the City Council gave Northwestern the permission it needed.

The nine-page lawsuit alleges that the council acted “arbitrarily and capriciously.” It also claims that the structure violates the city’s zoning ordinance and is contrary to long-standing city planning documents, including the Lakefront Master Plan adopted by the City Council in 2008.

The project will be built largely on NU property, but the university needed a sliver of city-owned land next to the beach — where the trees stood — to build an access road.

Members of the Evanston North Shore Bird Club have watched birds rest amid the lakefront haven of trees for years, said Libby Hill, a member and city resident.

Birds migrating from the east to west have stopped to nest and gather strength along their way, she said. Hill has worked with Northwestern on creating bird-safe buildings and knew the day would come when the trees fell.

“Everybody is unhappy to see it go,” Hill said. But she takes solace in the fact that “because of the city’s tree ordinance, Northwestern has to reimburse the city for every tree going down. That will go toward creating another habitat somewhere down the lake.”

Mirapaul called the lakefront a priceless natural resource and vowed the lawsuit would continue.

“The forest, although an important part of this project, is not the only part of this project about which we have concerns,” he said. “Everyone in Evanston who loves the lakefront should let the people know who are responsible for this know how disappointed they are.”

Tribune reporter Lisa Black contributed.