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zpd+a Multi-Family Residential Project Highlight | 2211 Apartments Now Welcoming It's First Resident

Blocks from the Northwestern Campus and Lake Michigan, in a bustling area of Evanston, 2211 Apartments is a new construction multifamily building serving the community with a range of unit sizes, including Affordable units. The property includes a community lounge with office and study amenities, as well as oversized bike storage.

Replacing a 19th century 2-unit frame home, the new apartment building offers 12 units, with 15 garage spaces in an adjacent vintage brick structure. Incorporating a mix of studio, one and three-bedroom units, the layouts are designed to provide contemporary living spaces with high ceilings and abundant windows, maximizing natural light for each residence.

A challenging infill lot sandwiched between vintage 4-story apartment buildings, the property was too narrow for new multifamily and too small to allow more than 5 units per the zoning ordinance. Working closely with the owner and the City of Evanston, zpd+a leveraged TOD and affordable housing bonuses, pursuing a variance to the base zoning to overcome the minimum lot size and unit density providing a solution that brings needed housing to the neighborhood while respecting its context.

Sustainability focused, the project integrates dark sky lighting fixtures, renewable power resources, top line efficiency HVAC systems, as well as water-sensitive plumbing fixtures and drought tolerant, native habitat landscaping. Initially designed for steel construction, pandemic related supply chain issues and availability adjusted the construction to a wood-frame building with prefabricated trusses and walls.

16,485 SF. 4 floors, 12 units including Studio, 1-bed, and 3-bed.

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