Here's a recap of our live coverage of tonight's Evanston City Council meeting. Key issues on the agenda include the Harley Clarke mansion, proposed budget cuts and city aid for a proposed development project on Chicago Avenue just north of Howard Street.
Under a plan scheduled to be approved by Evanston aldermen tonight, non-profit groups interested in leasing the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion will have just over two months to prepare a detailed response to a city request for proposals for the property.
Aldermen Monday voted to give other non-profits that might be interested in leasing the lakefront Harley Clarke mansion time to prepare proposals, rather than move ahead immediately to draft a lease agreement with the Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens group.
Evanston aldermen Monday are scheduled to vote on a proposal to direct the city manager to negotiate a long-term lease of the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion to the non-profit Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens group.
Residents who turned out Wednesday night for an update about the Harley Clarke mansion on the Evanston lakefront were told by a leader of the non-profit that seeks to lease the building from the city that ongoing fundraising efforts will be needed to cover projected operating income shortfalls.
The board chair of the not-for-profit Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens still has hopes of reaching an agreement with the city to rehabilitate and manage the beleaguered Harley Clarke mansion, adjacent to the Grosse Pointe Lighthouse on the city’s lakefront.