Evanston Development Cooperative

Built By and For Evanston

Evanston's Community-Owned Builder

We are a local architecture and general contracting firm that designs and builds high-quality, resilient homes in Evanston for all of our residents, with a focus on coach houses or accessory dwelling units (ADUs). During COVID-19, we continue to advance site planning and design work remotely for our clients. Start the process today by contacting us!

Build a Backyard Home With Us

We build customized, energy-efficient backyard homes for Evanston homeowners. We work with you from start to finish, turning a design into a home in your backyard for family members or renters. Our experts in zoning analysis, architecture, engineering, permitting, and construction work together to build you a backyard home based on our award-winning home in the international competition the Solar Decathlon. .

Why Support Our Mission?

Our mission and values drive our day-to-day work, and we seek community investors that care about the Evanston that their great grandchildren will live in. EDC’s community-owned business collaborates with our entire town to own long-standing social issues, because we need to move the needle on issues of housing, jobs, and environmental sustainability today.

An investment in your community.

EDC shares provide you with one vote, like every other member of our cooperative. Your share means that you help govern our organization’s work in the Evanston community, providing expertise and direction on business operations and our long-term social goals.

A voice at the table.

As an EDC shareholder, you will collaborate with local civic leaders and construction workers to address our town’s biggest challenges through our democratic, collectively-owned business.

More than money.

Our mission and values are at the core of what we do, and we partner with investors who share our passion in building a form of community wealth that’s beyond just finance. By supporting EDC, you’ll be helping the entire community work toward long-standing goals of sensible housing, workforce development and environmental sustainability.

Latest News

Affordable ADU Supported by the City of Evanston
Press Release | 1 May 2020
On April 13, the City of Evanston voted to award $190,000 in a forgivable HOME Investment Partnerships Program loan to the nonprofit Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC) for an affordable accessory dwelling unit at 1930 Jackson Avenue.
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Council opens zoning for more coach houses
Bill Smith | 15 January 2020
Aldermen gave final approval this week to a package of zoning changes designed to encourage the construction of detached accessory dwelling units, more commonly known as coach houses, in Evanston.
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Press Release | 22 October 2019
EDC is a proud partner to the City of Evanston as one of six communities nationwide to be selected to participate in the National League of Cities (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) Cities of Opportunity Initiative.
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