A proposal for a rock climbing gym defeated a plan for a food-themed event space Wednesday night as the Economic Development Committee pondered what to do with Evanston's former recycling center on Oakton Street.
Evanston's Economic Development Committee is scheduled tonight to recommend one of two new uses for the city's long-vacant recycling center -- either a rock-climbing gym or a multi-use food hall and event space.
The Ciity Council Monday will be asked to approve a resolution seeking over $58,000 from Smylie Brothers to terminate the firm's lease on the city's former recycling center and to approve plans for seeking a new user for the property.
The question of what to do with two shuttered city-owned properties still dogs Evanston aldermen years after the buildings first went vacant. And they'll be back on the City Council's agenda later this month.
Evanston aldermen told city staff this week to press Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. for payment of back taxes and rent on the city's former recycling center now that the brewer wants to break its 10-year lease on the property.