Land Use Fee backs Masonic Temple residences

Land Use Fee backs Masonic Temple residences
The long-vacant Masonic Temple, 1453 Maple Ave., could also be developed into 30 rental models. Credit score: Susy Schultz

The Evanston Land Use Fee has given its unanimous help to a proposal for the renovation of the Masonic Temple, 1453 Maple Ave.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, the fee voted 7-0 to advocate that Metropolis Council approve a plan to transform the inside of the long-vacant constructing into 30 rental housing models.

Architects Adam Breaux and Mike Myefski mentioned that builders had pledged “a light-weight contact on the inside” and no important adjustments to the landmarked exterior. 

The outside of the Masonic Temple has landmark safety. The construction was inbuilt 1926. Credit score: Susy Schultz

“It’s an essential cultural constructing within the neighborhood,” Breaux mentioned. 

Some neighbors mentioned they had been involved concerning the elevated residential density as tenants transfer into the constructing, in addition to adjustments to the constructing’s character arising from inside modifications. Different neighbors, nevertheless, mentioned that they’d admire tenants occupying a long-vacant constructing. 

A key concern for commissioners was entry to parking. Parking on the web site is nearly nonexistent. Breaux and developer Gary Stoltz mentioned they’ve dedicated to leasing 10 spots within the Vacation Inn parking zone a number of blocks east. However Commissioner Kristine Westerberg famous some residents could not want to undertake that stroll in dangerous climate. 

Breaux asserted that the plans had been for a “walkable, bike-able and transit-oriented life-style.”

Stoltz added, “We’re open to any answer with parking.”