Category: City News

Local landscapers hot about leaf blowing changes, call for moratorium

By Bob Seidenberg City Council committee voted Monday to direct staff to draw up a resolution that would temporarily lift the city’s ban on gas-powered leaf blowers this spring, allowing officials time to find funding sources for smaller landscaping companies…
New statement shines light on landscape around Harley Clarke

By Bob Seidenberg The grounds around the city-owned Harley Clarke mansion at 2603 Sheridan Road, given scant attention in the original statement of significance for the historic landmark property, have received a significant boost in status. Members of the Evanston…
City committee stung by Civic Center surprise

By Bob Seidenberg Members of the city’s Finance & Budget Committee are discussing the need for a new policy, requiring projects with large capital expenditures to come before them for review before going to the City Council for action. Committee…
Council member called to testify in affordable housing suit

By Bob Seidenberg An Evanston City Council member testified Feb. 8  that she attempted to bring in the city’s Preservation Committee to review changes made “on the fly” to an affordable housing project planned on a parcel next to a…
Council emphasizes finances in weighing Harley Clarke ideas

By Bob Seidenberg Maximizing public access to Lighthouse Beach and the surrounding areas, adherence to the lakefront master plan, some commercialization in the area – but with limits. These were some of the issues council members took away from the…
Future of Harley Clarke, Civic Center on council agenda

Two Evanston buildings with long histories and passionate followings are scheduled to return to the spotlight on Monday, when Evanston City Council members are slated to discuss the next steps for the Civic Center and the Harley Clarke mansion, sites…
City exploring temporary move from Civic Center offices to downtown

By Bob Seidenberg Evanston officials are exploring moving city offices from the Morton Civic Center to a downtown site while they consider their next options for the building. Officials confirmed this week that they have engaged the commercial real estate…