CSNA Research

These pages are a place to gather information about issues of interest to Central Street neighbors

2007-2008 News Articles on the Proposed 708 Church St./Fountain Square "Tower" Project

Central St. Traffic and Auto Collision Data -

Congestion and traffic safety along Central St. have been issues in many discussions about development in the neighborhood. In researching these issue CSNA worked with Rajeev Dahal, Senior Traffic Engineer, with the City's traffic department. Rajeev shared data on traffic counts and on auto collisions collected from Evanston police accident reports from 2004-2006. That data is attached here.

Development Reference Book

Here we will have fact based information about specific sites and developments listed by address:

1233 Central St.

Currently the location of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States.

1233 Central Google map

1233 Central St map view 2-20-08

From the City of Evanston Internet Mapping Framework.

You can go directly to this interactive map online here. Or click on the image below to see a static copy stored on our site.

1233 Central St. Zoning Board of Appeals Agenda Item 3/4/08

The following cases are tentatively scheduled for the March 4, 2008 ZBA meeting:

ZBA 08-04-V(R) 1233 Central Street An application by Geoffrey N. Wilson, designated agent, on behalf of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, property owner, for variations to Section 6-15-2-8 for 1233 Central Street, in the O1 Office District. The applicant is proposing to increase the number of vehicles that can be parked in the existing parking lot. A special use was granted for the subject property, per Ordinance 72-O-63, which included conditions on the location of off-street parking spaces and landscaping elements. The applicant requests zoning relief from these conditions to allow off-street parking spaces to be located approximately 9.6’ from the street side lot line along Asbury Avenue, whereas a minimum of 27’ is required, and approximately 3’ from the north property line, whereas a minimum of 5’ is required. In addition, the special use ordinance required a densely planted hedge along the north and west sides of the parking lot and a 6’ louvered fence inside the hedge. The property owner requests relief from these conditions to allow removal of the hedge and fence and the installation of new landscaping features. A total of 71 off-street parking spaces are proposed for the existing lot which currently accommodates 57parking spaces. This item will require final approval by the Evanston City Council.

Growth in Equalized Assessed Valuation EAV over Time in Evanston

The attached spread sheet (below) contains data provided by the city of Evanston.

Office spreadsheet icon Evanston EAV 1980-2005.xls19 KB

Public Safety Resources

City-Data.com: Crime in Evanston

City-Data.com: Crime in Skokie


Data from past Evanston Budgets

Police Department 2003 2011 Growth        
Part 1 Crimes 5,500 2,500 -55%        
Part 2 Crimes 6,500 4,000 -38%        
Total Calls for Service  60,000 35,000 -42%        
Budget $16,147,900 $21,776,503 35%        
FTE 212.3 214.5 1%        
Fire Department 2003 2011 Growth        
Structure fires 100 103 3%        
Ambulance Calls 4,500 5,300 18%        
Budget $9,353,200 $12,329,910 32%        
FTE 109.0 110.0 1%        
Pages referenced in 2003-2004 and 2010-2011 Approved Budgets      
Police Department 2003 2011          
Part 1 Crimes 146 106          
Part 2 Crimes 146 106          
Total Calls for Service  146 106          
Budget 144 105          
FTE (501) 104          
Fire Department 2003 2011          
Structure fires 180 110          
Ambulance Calls 184 110          
Budget 179 109          
FTE (502) 109          
Evanston 2003 - 2004 Approved Budget  
Evanston 2010 - 2011 Approved Budget  


 Skokie 2010 Budget

Fire is on pages 133 – 153
Police is on pages 154 – 167


ICMA Performance Standards

Sidewalk Survey Map 6-7-08

The map here was prepared before the volunteer survey of sidewalk conditons conducted from June 7 to July 23, 2008. The city will update this map based on the survey data.

Standard & Poors Case-Shiller Seasonnaly Adjusted Home Price History June 2009 - Chicago Metro Area

Standar & Poors - Case/Shiller Home Price History June, 2009 Chicago Metro Area and 10 selected metro areas. Published on-line 8/25/09 at: http://www2.standardandpoors.com/portal/site/sp/en/us/page.topic/indices... The Chicago area index for June 2009 is 125.00. The peak index was 168.60 in September, 2006. The change is -25.86%.

The 10 US Metro area index for June 2009 is 152.55. The peak index was 226.29 in June, 2006. The change is -32.58%.