7th Ward Meeting - Thursday, January 24

Ald. Eleanor Revelle has scheduled a 7th Ward meeting for Thursday, January 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd.

The agenda will include presentations about the following:

  • The City’s efforts to expand affordable housing options in Evanston, including recent actions taken and additional strategies contemplated.
  • The Evanston Development Cooperative, a new enterprise whose mission is to build energy-efficient, affordable housing while creating jobs in the community.
  • The successful completion of the Evanston Habitat Project, a two-year initiative that has restored and enhanced natural habitat along our North Shore Channel.
  • Ideas and resources for residents interested in incorporating natural habitat in their gardens.
  • 2018 statistics and other information from the Evanston Fire Department.

Also attending to meet residents is the new Evanston Chief of Police, Demitrous Cook. Cook will engage in a conversation about his career to date and his views on policing in Evanston.

Art Norman Host Community Discussion On Harley Clarke. Thurs. Jan 24th 6:30


Thursday, January 24 from 6:30-8:30pm

at the Evanston Civic Center, Parasol Room.


The event, chaired by NBC’s Art Norman, will engage residents in conversations that will be used to inform the Evanston City Council of the sentiment and public priorities regarding the future use of the historic Harley Clarke House and Jens Jensen gardens.


The Evanston community that rallied to save the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion for public use is holding a community dialogue to actively solicit resident input on the future use of the historic home and gardens.


Over the last several years Evanston residents have fought against efforts to privatize the mansion and subsequent efforts to demolish it. Last November, more than 80% of the voters decided overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the mansion for public use, with Evanston’s predominantly African American fifth ward showing the highest support with 84 percent voting in favor.


The Harley Clarke Community event aims to attract many residents who have not traditionally accessed this Northeast lakefront part of Evanston (African Americans, Latinos and others) to hear their interests and vision for the public lake house and gardens.


Harley Clarke Referendum Approved by 80% - Council votes 9-0 to halt action to demolish historic mansion

After many twists and turns there have been several developments on Harley Clarke. The result is that Harley Clarke will not be demolished. 

After the Council voted earlier in the year to enter into talks to demolish the mansion and negotiiate with the Lakefront Dunes group, in October the City’s Preservation Commission unanimously denied the City’s application for a Certificate or Appropriateness to demolish the building. The City automatically appealed that decision.

MWRD Votes to Grant Easement

The Commissioners of the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago voted 5-4 on Nov. 15 to grant an easement across Canal Shores Golf  Course at the 10th Hole for access to property owned by the Keefe Family Trust. This property is just north of Isabella Woods.

There are many steps to be taken by a number of governing bodies before any roadway is built. CSNA will continue to monitor.

To learn more about the easement and its history, visit the website for Canal Shores at www.canalshores.org.



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