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Dear <<First Name>>,

The majority of Evanston’s neighborhoods are zoned for single-family use, meaning that many large parcels of land provide homes to just one family. EDC sees a better way to use our land for housing.

Coach houses are beneficial for our homeowners, for our neighborhoods, and for Evanston. By building coach houses for people - instead of garages for cars - EDC can help our homeowners take steps towards socio-economic diversity, healthy living environments, and a shared sense of place. Further, our environmentally sustainable construction technologies ensure that every EDC coach house moves Evanston towards its Climate Action and Resilience Plan goals.

Constant, constructive communication is integral to Evanston’s success - which we view as synonymous to EDC’s success. If you see a way to help us learn and grow, we will always find the time to sit down and share notes.



Quarterly Updates

Business is Growing

We now have 7 homeowners under contract to build coach houses in Evanston!

EDC is growing our number of Evanston homeowners who want to provide housing to family members or renters. We help our customers explore the design, zoning, and financi
ng of their coach houses. Once they are ready to build, we become their local, sustainable contractor and turn their blueprint into a resilient, beautiful coach house.

Grant Funding to Boost Worker Co-ops

In August, EDC received $50,000 in support from Cook County as a part of their 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program!

Given Cook County’s initiative to accelerate the growth of worker cooperatives, EDC is eager to demonstrate how our co-op model can help develop a sustainable, local construction industry that shares profit with Evanston’s residents and workers.

Upcoming Events

Coach House Walking Tours

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20  |  12:00 PM & 2:00 PM
Tours start and end at Bagel Art (615 Dempster) 

We are hosting coach house tours this month!

We will see the exterior and interior of coach houses, allowing you to experience what it feels like to live in these beautifully designed homes.

The first tour starts at 12:00 pm, and the second tour starts at 2:00 pm. Please RSVP using the link below, as space is limited.

AARP Coach House Downsizing

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6  |  5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Levy Senior Center (300 Dodge), Linden Room

AARP believes that coach houses can be an accessible housing solution for senior residents to age in-place in their own community. 

In partnership with AARP, EDC is excited to host the panel “Coach House Downsizing: Why, How, and When?” to help Evanston’s older adults stay here.  

No need to RSVP. Please join us and help get the word out!

Building a Local Workforce

EDC believes that a stable career and a fair wage for all Evanston residents are integral to our city’s pursuit of livability and equity.

To achieve our vision for jobs in Evanston, we are currently hiring a worker-owner to build sustainable homes with us.

We seek a resident that would start with part-time work on our construction sites, with the opportunity for a promotion to a full-time position as an Assistant Construction Manager.

Press Release

The Bigger Picture

Every newsletter, we will highlight local or national matters that relate to EDC's values, mission, and development.

Careers in Our Community

In 2018, Mayor Steve Hagerty asked Evanston resident Neil Gambow to assemble and chair the Mayor’s Employer Advisory Council (MEAC). MEAC’s purpose is to align Evanston Township High School (ETHS) with the Evanston employer community, ensuring that our town’s 16 to 24 year-olds find careers without going far from home.

According to a 2017 study by UIC, Evanston had hundreds of 16 to 24 year-olds out of school and out of work in the last 5 years. Given Evanston’s strong economic diversity, MEAC is doing critical work to connect the dots between young Evanstonians without a post-secondary degree and local companies that need reliable employees. By developing a better understanding of how to implement and develop necessary pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship, or training programs for good jobs in Evanston, MEAC is taking steps towards a robust, local economy. EDC is proud to be a member of MEAC.

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