Evanston’s Harley Clarke Committee voted Wednesday night to seek five people to present alternative ideas for the mansion’s future at a workshop meeting to be held May 18.
Committee Chair Steve Hagerty suggested the approach in which advocates for the different options would be invited to nominate themselves to make a 10-minute presentation on one of options the committee has identified.
All the options call for retaining city ownership of the beach adjoining the mansion.
Two call for the city to continue to own the mansion site and either:
- Renovate the building for some to-be-determined use, or
- Demolish the building and redevelop the site as park land.
The other three options call for the city to sell the mansion property, either to be:
- Renovated for commercial use, likely as a boutique hotel and event space,
- Redeveloped with R-1 zoning for residential or other permitted uses, or
- Renovated and maintained by some philanthropic entity.
Given the state’s lack of interest in pursuing the concept of housing its Coastal Management Program at the mansion, the committee dropped that option from its list.
Committee members Linda Damashek and Dawn Davis-Zeinemann.
Under the schedule developed by the committee, would-be presenters will have until Friday, May 8, to submit a one-page statement summarizing their arguments in favor of the particular option and their qualifications to present the case to the committee’s email address, email@example.com.
The committee plans to meet on Tuesday morning, May 12, to select presenters, who would then have just under a week to prepare their presentation ahead of the workshop, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the Parasol Room at the Civic Center.
Following the presentations, attendees at the workshop would be invited to provide their feedback on each option at tables set up with displays representing each option.
After the workshop, the committee plans to prepare a final report on the mansion options for presentation to the City Council at its June 8 meeting.