Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to vote on a $1.48 million contract to replace the Civic Center roof.

The Civic Center at 2100 Ridge Ave. has been ringed with scaffolding for years after slate started falling from the roof.

If the plan to replace the existing roof with asphalt shingles is approved, the proposed contract calls for completion of the job by the end of October.

The repair work was delayed for several years as aldermen debated whether to abandon the civic center, built nearly a century ago as a Catholic girls school, for a new building the aldermen hoped might be constructed downtown.

But a firm financial plan for a new civic center was never developed, and after the real estate market declined, aldermen reversed course and voted to stay in the current building.

The low bid on the contract, from G.A. Johnson and Son of Evanston, is about $200,000 below the amount the city had budgeted for the project.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Civic center roof contract up for vote
    I hope our leaders will waste no more time delaying repairing our Civic Center Roof… The money has been budgeted, the bid is $200,000 less than anticipated… The sooner we get those scaffolds out of everyone’s face the better.

    I am very curious just how much the City has spent renting the protective scaffolding that has been in place at several entrances/exits there all these years.

    Methinks the responsible thing to do is fix the envelope and make a plan to renovate that beautiful building as time & money allow.

    Brian G. Becharas
    (a Save the Civic Center activist)

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