Aldermen to vote on rec center project


Evanston alderment tonight are scheduled to vote on whether to seek final proposals from two firms interested in building and operating a new Robert Crown Recreation Center in the city.

Top: A rendering showing an aerial view of the McCaffrey design as seen from Main Street looking northwest. Above: A ground-level rendering of the Crown Park group's design looking northwest from Main Street at the east side of the building.

More than two years since the city first solicited requests for qualifications from companies for the project, a review committee composed of aldermen, Parks and Recreation Board members and city staff is recommending that the city discard one of three proposals it's received and move forward with the other two.

McCaffrey's proposal includes a full gymnasium with seating for spectators, as shown in a rendering above. The Community Partnership proposal would instead provide two basketball courts, without the spectator seating.

A memo from the committee says a proposal submitted by Evanston Sports Partnership LLC was non-responsive to the city's proposal, but that plans from Crown Park Community Partnership and McCaffery Evanston Recreation LLC were "partially responsive to the city's design and financial requirements.

So the committee recommends asking the Crown Park and McCaffery groups to develop final proposals.

The Community Partnership proposal includes a rooftop garden place area.

The Crown Park Communiy Parknership involves financing from William Blair & Company, construction by Walsh Construction Company and facility management by Club-Sports Consulting Group.

McCaffrey Evanston Recreation has McCaffery Intrests Inc as its developer and manager with construction by W.E. O'Neil Construction Company and Advanced Arenas Inc. as the operator of the facility.

Copies of the three proposals are available on the city's website.

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