In the wake of sharp criticism from some aldermen about personal attacks by supporters of preserving the Harley Clarke mansion, leaders of the group hoping to lease the mansion from the city urged their supporters this week to maintain a civil tone in their advocacy.
Evanston aldermen voted 6-3 Monday night to learn more about the likely cost of demolishing the Harley Clarke mansion and to negotiate an agreement with the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group to cover the cost.
Evanston aldermen are scheduled to vote Monday on a resolution that would authorize the city manager to negotiate with Evanston Lighthouse Dunes, a group that's offered to cover the cost of demolishing the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.
The question of what to do with two shuttered city-owned properties still dogs Evanston aldermen years after the buildings first went vacant. And they'll be back on the City Council's agenda later this month.
An email missive from the Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens organization claiming city officials plan to "fast track" demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion brought out several speakers for public comment at Monday night's City Council meeting.