Jennifer Pritzker’s Tawani Enterprises today unveiled a website providing details of Pritzker’s rejected proposal to redevelop Evanston’s lakefront Harley Clarke mansion as a 57-room boutique hotel.
The website, at HarleyClarkeFacts.com, contends that aldermen passed up the opportunity to create 54 new jobs and generate $5.1 million a year in economic impact including over a half million a year in new tax revenue by rejecting the proposal amid a storm of objections to it from neighbors.
It includes copy of a consultant’s report used to reach those economic impact conclusions.
The site proclaims that Pritzker no longer has any “intention of pursuing this project now or in the future” but says that details of the proposal and information developed in preparing it could be helpful to Evanston residents “in considering your options for future use of this municipal landmark estate.”
The site includes copies of several engineering studies and test reports for radon, asbestos and lead conducted as part of preparing Pritzker’s proposal.
It also provides details of Pritzker’s proposal for the site — which it says would have involved spending $22 million to restore and expand the property after purchasing it for a proposed $1.2 million from the city.
It says the plan would have provided improved public access to the beach — which would have remained under city ownership.
It also suggests that it likely will be very expensive to renovate the property for any new use.