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Lakehouse group hopes to restart talks with city

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Despite having their proposal to lease the Harley Clarke mansion rejected by Evanston aldermen 7-2 last week, Evanston Lakehouse and Gardens President Tom Hodgman says, “This is not the end.”

Following a meeting of ELHG’s board, Hodgman said in a statement, “We still have a great plan, great partners and strong grassroots support.”

Hodgman says ELHG will continue to develop financial support to advance its mission of preserving the Harley Clarke House and Jens Jensen gardens and developing experiential environmental education programs to foster appreciation of the environment.

“We look forward to re-engaging with the city whenever they are ready,” Hodgman added.

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