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Squinting at the Civic Center’s future

City consultants unveiled a new report Tuesday on options for repairing or replacing Evanston’s Civic Center.

But the on-screen presentation by architect Carol Ross Barney was filled slide after slide of print so small that nobody in the audience could read it.

And city officials refused to provide printed copies of the study to the audience, saying there were math errors in the available version that made it inaccurate.

The report, based on six months of work by consultants from five different firms, outlined seven options for housing city government, including rehabbing the existing building and constructing a new civic center either on the same site or elsewhere in town.

The alternatives include selling off portions of the full-block current site for residential development to generate some of the funds needed to pay for the project.

The aldermen, who did have printed copies of the report, briefly discussed which option they should favor, but decided to postpone that decision until a meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

City officials have promised that a corrected copy of the report will be available soon.

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