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The City’s Director of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, Doug Gaynor, told the Roundtable Monday night, July 13 that City staff has received a number of responses to its request for qualifications to rebuild Robert Crown Center. Although Mr. Gaynor would not reveal the number or source of the responses yet, he said, “I am pleased that we got responses and they are under review.”

In mid-March this year, the City issued a 391-page Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking to technically and financially prequalify developers to design, build and operate an ice rink and community center within Robert Crown Park. The developer selected will fund and build the project without a financial contribution from the City; but the City will retain title to the property. In March, Mr. Gaynor emphasized that the new Crown Center will remain “a public facility and not a private facility.”

Mr. Gaynor did not set a timetable for completing the review of the RFQ responses.

If the developers submitting RFQs are prequalified, the City will submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) to each submitter. The project design, scope and amenities will be determined after the RFP stage, as the RFQ purposely left significant flexibility. Possibilities include two ice rinks, space for a west Evanston branch library, locker rooms, ball fields, community meeting rooms, and tennis courts.

After proposals are submitted, a developer will be selected and the project can begin in earnest.