Tallest high-rise, 1st hotel condos proposed for Evanston

Fountain Square1.jpgThe North Shore’s first hotel condo building would also be the tallest tower in Evanston, if developer Thomas Roszak has his way. Evanston Now reports that his Roszak/ADC development and architecture firm is proposing a 38-story hotel and condo high-rise to replace three existing buildings at Fountain Square, on the triangular site bounded by Orrington, Sherman, Church and Davis.

The development would preserve the façade of the landmark Hahn Building and restore the poorly maintained fountain and war memorial on the square.

Roszak’s preliminary plans call for an eight-story hotel and a slender, 288-unit condo building atop a five-story parking base and green plaza. The complex also would hold 50,000 square feet of retail space, and a restaurant and observation deck would crown the building, according to Evanston Now.

The hotel’s 192 units would be sold as condos and rented out by a major hotel chain when owners are not in residence. Hotel condos have become popular in downtown Chicago, but none have been built on the North Shore.

At 38 stories, Roszak’s Fountain Square tower would rise between Evanston’s current tallest buildings, the 22-story Chase Building and the 25-story Sherman Plaza, under construction now.

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