Civic Center detail
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Evanston voters will have a chance tomorrow to say whether they want the city to keep its offices in the Civic Center.

Members of the Friends of the Civic Center, who favor staying put, spent the weekend putting hang tags on local doorknobs, while Evanston’s aldermen, who’ve said they want to move, will hold a Civic Center Committee meeting tonight.

At that meeting the aldermen are scheduled to get a report on the rehabilitation of the Mallinckrodt College building at 1041 Ridge Road in Wilmette.

The Mallinckrodt, like the Civic Center, was built early in the 20th Century as a Catholic school, and has recently been converted to a combination of market rate and affordable condos for senior citizens.

Leaders of the Friends of the Civic Center say that conversion was done at a cost of $130 per square foot, far less than what city consultants have said it would take to rehab the Evanston Civic Center.

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Related links

Friends of the Civic Center

Malinckrodt Project Summary – Metropolitan Planning Council

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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