Evanston aldermen Monday agreed to a two-month delay in getting a recommendation from city staff about which of four proposals to lease the vacant Harley Clarke mansion they should accept.

The request for proposals for a new use for the mansion, which gave potential lessees a deadline of Feb. 28 to submit their proposals, set a tentative date for the City Council to begin reviewing the proposals of March 23 and a planned lease award date of May 1.

But at Monday’s City Council meeting, Interim City Manager Erika Storlie said staff wouldn’t be able to complete the review of the proposals this month and proposed that the aldermen begin their review of them at a special meeting on May 18.

She suggested the RFP respondents would be invited to make presentations of their plans at the start of the meeting and public comments on the proposals would be taken after those presentations.

The aldermen didn’t take up a suggestion from Nancy Sreenan, the treasurer of Evanston Community Lakehouse and Gardens, one of the RFP respondents, that a new community committee should be appointed to review the proposals.

The city has been trying to decide what to do with the lakefront mansion for the better part of a decade.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. If only…

    Wouldn’t it be awesome if someone with a lot of money – say, one of the Pritzkers – would buy this dump and turn it into something cool like a boutique hotel with a nice lakeside cafe where we all could enjoy a glass of wine on a nice summer evening?  Ah, but we can only dream…

    1. Harley Clarke

      At this point, this whole Harley Clarke is so ridicules, we need Mayor Daley to come in with his bulldozers and tear it down, and be done with it.

      1. Take the Reparations Money

        Or…instead of tearing it down…the city could take the $10 Million over 10 years and end up with a lovely community beach house for all of Evanston to enjoy.

        1. Or…

          Hit up the Evanston Arts Center for some money for the repairs since they left the property in such terrible shape… and paid little to nothing a month to be there for years.  They have deep pockets, look at the facility they built on Central.  They are a community organization… surely they would be interested in underwriting a lot of this… to better our community.  

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