Harley Clarke Meeting Monday 5/18 7:00 pm Civic Center, 2100 Ridge

On Monday, May 18 at 7 p.m.. the Harley Clarke Citizens’ Committee will host a workshop to hear from presenters about several options for the future of the property.
 
The workshop is open to all residents and will be held in the Parasol Room on the 4th floor of the Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Avenue.
 
The committee, appointed by the City to look at alternatives for the property once the Evanston Arts Center vacates in June, has been meeting for several months and has identified five options.
 
They include:

  1. Renovating the building for City use (TBD).
  2. Demolishing the building and redeveloping the site as parkland.
  3. Selling the building and allowing it to be renovated for a commercial use, such as a hotel or event space.
  4. Selling the building and allowing the site to be redeveloped under R1 (residential) zoning.
  5. Selling or gifting the building to an organization that would renovate and preserve it for public cultural and/or educational use.

2015 Green Ball Early Bird Ticket Prices End Friday, May 1

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS - The Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston invite Chicagoland community members to attend the 4th Annual Evanston Green Ball on Friday, May 29, 2015 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Levy Center, located at 300 Dodge Ave. in Evanston.

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Central St. parking plans discussed at three city meetings

City staff presented a range of proposed options to meet Central St. parking needs in a flurry of short-notice meetings over a 48 hour period this week.  Presentations were made at:

  • Transportation & Parking Committee 6:00 PM Wed. 4/22
  • Economic Development Committee 7:30 PM Wed. 4/22
  • 6th Ward meeting 7:00 PM Thurs. 4/23

Packets documenting the two committee agendas appeared on-line about 24 hours before the committee meetings.  CSNA learned about these items shortly after 1:00 PM Wed. and sent out a notice alerting our mailing list later that afternoon.

Apparently the public was not the only interested party in the dark on these plans.  CSNA also heard that some committee members were unaware of what was being proposed.

Click Read more to get the full report.

Evanston Garden Fair - May 8 & 9 @ 9am-4pm

The 66th Annual Evanston Garden Fair will be

Friday & Saturday, May 8 & 9 from 9am to 4pm at

Independence Park on Central Street just west of Green Bay Rd

Sponsored by the Lincolnwood Garden Club of Evanston

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Harley Clarke Committee and 2014 Appraisal

The city has an appraisal from 2014 which should be read by everyone interested in the Lighthouse Landing Parkland and Harley Clarke Mansion. The appraisal is only for the buildings not the land. Although the message from the city is that the building is crumbling and will cost millions and millions of dollars to make it safe. The appraisal restates that code compliance issues are around $250,000 and other costs for tuck pointing and windows are between $75-$125 square foot renovation. 1.4-2.5 million. not the 5-10 millions numbers being tossed around. The most interesting data stated that:

"Based on this analysis, the highest and best use of the subject property is a public cultural, recreation or educational use consistent with the existing zoning." 

Why has our city not made this finding one of the cornerstones of discussions. Hmmm might there be other interests at play.

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