I sponsored a community meeting in June on a proposed zoning change to allow for the construction of an auto repair shop and car wash at the site of the former Burger King at 2321 W. Howard (southeast corner of Howard and Claremont).
The proposal received overwhelming support at the June 23rd community meeting, which approximately 30 community residents attended, and in e-mails sent to my office. My Zoning and Land Use Advisory Committee recommended I support the proposal, as well. Accordingly, I have decided to support the zoning change.
The proposal calls for the renovation of the old Burger King building into an auto repair shop and the construction of an addition to the building for a small office and hand car wash. The car wash will be located on the south side of the property, adjacent to the alley. The autos would enter and exit the repair shop and car wash off of Howard only. A landscape buffer would be created along Howard and Claremont.
The applicant is Michael David, who currently owns Power King, a car repair shop located on the Evanston side of Howard Street, just across the street from the proposed site. Mr. David rents his current space and has a contract to purchase the Burger King property, pending approval for the zoning change. If the zoning change is approved by the City Council, Mr. David would move his business to the new location.
The property is currently zoned B3-2. A zoning change to C1-1 is required to allow for the proposed development.
Elevations and the site plan for the proposed development are attached below:
The vast majority of those who either attended the meeting or sent me e-mails supported the proposal. Most stated the belief that the proposed business would be an improvement over the current dilapidated condition of the vacant property. A number of people who indicated support were Mr. David’s current customers, who praised his honesty and the quality of his work.
If you have any questions or further comments, please reply to this e-mail or call my office at 773-338-5796.