After hours of discussion, Evanston aldermen Monday night decided a proposed $10.5 million renovation of the downtown library building will have to be postponed while development of a new $48.5 million Crown recreation center moves ahead.
Updated cost estimates for the proposed new Robert Crown Community Center suggest the average Evanston homeowner could end up paying as much as $3,655 for the building in increased property taxes over the next quarter century.
The fundraising effort behind building a new Robert Crown Center got a big boost today, with a $500,000 pledge of support from Beacon Academy, the Montessori-based high school located in downtown Evanston.
Evanston residents came together Friday night for a fundraising event hosted by the Friends of Robert Crown. More than a hundred people attended the event at Smiley Brothers which topped expectations and raised $265,000.
Gifts from private donors for a new Robert Crown Center in Evanston have topped the $8.8 million mark, and a report from the city's fundraising consultant indicates the ultimate total could "greatly surpass" the $10 million goal.