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.

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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.

Light House Landing Park and Mansion Great Investment


Back in 1963 the  city council made a wise decision and invested $255,000 for a 4 acre parcel of lake front land which today would have a market value far in excess what Evanston  afford or  dream to  purchase. All up and down the North Shore, without a doubt,  the most expensive land  sold is on Michigan Shoreline in Illinoi. There are no private commercial ventures on the Ilinois Shoreline which is a concept which has been embraced by our neighbors to the North and South in line with Burnham Plan which is so dynamic and environmentally sound.  Evanston prides itself on it's lake front beach and parks  and would hopefully continue to do so.

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