Rendering of proposed new Robert Crown Community Center. Rendering courtesy of the City of Evanston

The City of Evanston and the Evanston Public Library are excited to share the progress being made on the creation of a new Robert Crown Community Center and Evanston Public Library branch.

In 2015, the strategic consulting firm CCS was engaged by the City of Evanston to conduct a Campaign Planning Study to gauge community support for a new facility at the Robert Crown Community Center site, 1701 Main St. The study evaluated the feasibility of raising funds to renovate or replace the current facility while incorporating a new branch of the Evanston Public Library.

The results of the study were presented to the Evanston City Council on Jan. 19. The study shows that there is sufficient evidence to proceed with a fundraising campaign for the Robert Crown Center and Library.

Based on direction from the City Council, City of Evanston and Evanston Public Library staff are working with CCS on the report’s next steps. The recommendations include establishing a fundraising campaign lasting 12 to 24 months and creating a nonprofit organization to receive, hold and disburse funds.

In addition, in the coming weeks, survey participants will be contacted to inform them of the study results. Staff will bring recommendations before the City Council and Library Board for approval and will request critical input as needed and required. The staff next plan to report updates at the March 21 City Council meeting.

For more information and access to the CCS report and renderings of design options for the proposed new facility, residents are invited to go online to cityofevanston.org/crown. Anyone interested in participating in the campaign or seeking more information can email mparker@cityofevanston.org or call/text 847-448-4311.