Evanston’s Equity and Empowerment Commission wants the city to ban the conversion of two-story apartment buildings to single-family homes.
but, at a meeting last monthcommittee members admitted to have only anecdotes about the frequency of such deconversions. bring about gentrification In some Chicago neighborhoods—it actually happens in Evanston.
As such, Evanston Now filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the city seeking information on all conversions from 2010 to this year.
The responses we got were data showing that such conversions ranged from 0 to 4 per year over 13 years, averaging only 2 per year.
The most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Evanston Tenant rental housing 12,090 units.
This is believed to be an underestimate, but until the 2020 decennial Census housing data is released, this is the federal government’s latest estimate.
Assuming that one unit of every two apartments involved was occupied by an owner prior to the conversion, and that the converted single-family homes were also owner-occupied, such a conversion would reduce the rental housing stock over a period of 13 years. This represents a reduction of approximately 0.2%.
Some of the recently demolished properties were originally built more than a century ago as single-family homes that were subdivided decades later when their economically distressed owners needed additional income. may have been
Others were built exclusively as two flats in the 1920s when Evanston’s population was growing rapidly.
Most of the two remodeled flats are of relatively modest size, and combined they have slightly increased the number of Evanston homes suitable for larger, sometimes multi-generational families. city.
According to Cook County Assessor data, the median combined size of the units was 2,558 square feet.
Eighteen deconversions occurred in the city’s “R3” zone. This, according to the city’s ordinance, “is intended to provide single-family and two-family infill developments in areas of moderate density.”
An “R3” zone permits construction on a 5,000 square foot lot and 35 feet of roadway frontage.
This allows only single-family homes and is significantly denser than the city’s “R1” zone, which has a minimum lot size of 7,200 square feet and a frontage of 50 feet.
Deconversion is most common on Ward 2. Since 2010 he has had 11 cases. Wards 4 and 9 each had 4 cases, wards 5 and 7 had 2 cases, and wards 3 and 8 had 1 case each.