NoParkSale announces its first all-Evanston community meeting to gather citizen input on future public uses of the Harley Clarke mansion. The meeting will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 18 in the Parasol Room on the fourth floor of the Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The outpouring of support of the Evanston community, opposing the sale of two-and-one-half acres of Lighthouse Landing Park and the historic Harley Clarke mansion to become a boutique hotel, was one catalyst for the City Council to vote on July 22 vote to terminate negotiations with Tawani Enterprises, the proposed purchaser and developer of the site.

At the July 22 City Council meeting, representatives of NoParkSale promised the Evanston community that they would follow up their opposition to the sale with a public meeting to gather input on potential viable public uses for the building.

 During the summer members of NoParkSale investigated similar situations where private mansions have been converted into public cultural, environmental and event centers.

The guest speaker on Sept. 18 will be architect Roula Alakiotou, FAIA, who led the community effort on Rogers Park to create the Berger Park Community Center on the Lake Michigan at the end of Granville Avenue. Ms. Alakiotou will provide a road map of how a community can navigate the process of creating a community asset from start to finish.

 NoParkSale urges all Evanston residents to attend this meeting to provide their thoughts on viable future public uses of the Harley Clarke mansion.