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Evanston sets meeting on IDNR’s Harley Clarke mansion proposal

Evanston is in preliminary talks with James Pritzker on a possible sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke Mansion next to the lighthouse, at 2603 Sheridan Road. The building is currently leased out to the Evanston Art Center. |Bob Seidenberg~Sun-Times Media Group
Evanston is in preliminary talks with James Pritzker on a possible sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke Mansion next to the lighthouse, at 2603 Sheridan Road. The building is currently leased out to the Evanston Art Center. |Bob Seidenberg~Sun-Times Media Group

The city of Evanston and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15 to discuss the state’s interest in the Harley Clarke Mansion.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m., in the Parasol Room of the Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The City of Evanston has been looking into the future of the mansion for the past several years. In October 2013, the IDNR expressed formal interest in a long-term lease for the property to house its Coastal Management Program and provide space for other departmental uses.

The community meeting will feature a presentation by IDNR staff on its operations, provide details on the proposed use and answer questions from the community.

Located in the northeast corner of Evanston, the historic English Tudor home was a private residence until it was purchased by the Sigma Chi National Fraternity in 1951, and used as its headquarters for 14 years. In 1965, the city purchased the property as part of the development of the Lighthouse Landing Park.

For more information, contact Cindy Plante at 847-448-8132 or cplante@cityofevanston.org.

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