A photo of the mansion from the Evanston Conservancy Benefit Corporation proposal.

Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to discuss four proposals for reusing the city-owned Lakefront Harley Clarke mansion and will have a staff rating of the plans to guide them.

Staff is asking the aldermen to decide Monday which one of the proposals to move forward with and authorize the city manager to negotiate a lease agreement with that group.

As presented in a city staff memo, the staff rates the Artists Book House proposal as “highly qualified” with a total of 82.57 of a possible 100 points.

Coming in second at “qualified” is the Evanston Conservancy proposal, listed in the memo with 74 points.

Far behind in the point total, at 44 points, but still listed as “qualified” is the Evanston Community Lakehouse & Gardens proposal.

And coming in last, rated “less qualified” with 39 points is the ONECommunity Museum proposal.

Copies of the four proposals, which were initially submitted just over a year ago, are included in the City Council meeting packet along with the responses of the four groups to follow-up information requests from the city about how the pandemic may have affected their financial plans.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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