The City of Evanston has given final site approval for a $25-million mixed-use apartment and retail development planned for the southwest corner of Sherman Avenue and Church Street in downtown Evanston.

Plans for the proposed development, to be called Scholars Corner, call for an 11-story rental apartment building with 62 residential units and a new Osco Drug store on the ground floor, according to Stuart Handler, owner of Stuart Handler Real Estate Co., the developer.Scholars Corner will also feature a 91-space enclosed parking garage for tenants, a private fitness center and a rooftop sundeck, Handler said.

The new Osco Drug store is planned for the ground floor of a three-story retail/parking base building. The store is designed to replace the 23-year-old Osco Drug store that currently exists on the site.

Eight floors of rental apartments will rise from a landscaped roof terrace above the retail space. Plans call for 32 one-bedroom units and 30 two-bedroom, two bath apartments. Each apartment will have its own self-contained laundry facility.

Construction is expected to begin within the next several months. The building was designed by FitzGerald Associates Architects of Chicago.

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