Enthusiasm from Evanston’s 4th Ward

Northlight Theatre presented plans for a proposed building at 1012-1018 Church Street at the 4th Ward Community Meeting on Tuesday, August 6. 4th Ward residents responded with enthusiasm to the architectural renderings, floor plans, and design presented by Northlight Executive Director Tim Evans.  In comments following the presentation, community members praised the concept of the three-story, standalone building that will house not only Northlight productions, but serve as a community hub for Evanstonians.

Sara Schastok, former President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation, noted Evanston’s long-standing interest in a downtown arts center and excitement for Northlight’s plans to offer space and programming involving other local nonprofit and arts organizations. James Lytle, First Bank & Trust co-founder and former Evanston mayor, expressed his support, stating that this would be “the most significant cultural addition to Evanston in over thirty years.”

Inquiries were raised regarding parking for Northlight patrons. Existing parking garages and lots offer ample available parking. Northlight estimates the need for approximately 100 parking spaces per night, less than 3% of the over 3000 spaces in garages and lots within a six-minute walk. Northlight is in conversation with the City regarding validation for patrons in the closest garages, and establishing a pick-up/drop-off area for rideshares.

The next step in the process is to present the plans to the Design & Project Review Committee (DAPR) later this month. Alderman Don Wilson closed the meeting with his support of the project and eagerness for Northlight’s return to Evanston.

Evanston Now reported of the meeting, “Northlight wows 4th Ward crowd.” Read Evanston Now’s coverage.