The forum is set for 7 p.m., Weds., Oct. 10, at the Legion Hall at American Legion

Post 42, 1030 Central Street, Evanston, second floor. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On election day Nov. 6, 2018, Evanston voters will be asked to weigh in on an advisory referendum on Harley Clarke. CSNA has confirmed the attendance of speakers for the forum who represent Save Harley Clarke, the sponsor, of the referendum and is inviting representatives from other organizations who can provide context and perspective on the history of Harley Clarke and next steps in light of the parallel path being taken by the City to move forward on a memorandum of understanding to proceed with demolition. Among issues to be addressed is the ongoing effort to save the property for public use by groups such as Evanston Lakehouse & Gardens. Speakers will discuss the issues surrounding Harley Clarke and what the referendum means for the City and its residents.

Among questions to be answered are: “What happens if the referendum passes?” “What are the next steps?” “Who is involved?” “What will happen if the referendum fails?” and “What happens if the plan to demolish moves forward?” “What is thee pubic benefit of these alternatives, and the cost?” Underlying the public debate are issues of ethics, funding, legal challenges, and more.

For information the referendum reads as follows:

“Shall the City of Evanston protect from demolition and preserve the landmark Harley Clarke buildings and gardens next to Lighthouse Beach, for use and access as public property, consistent with the Evanston Lakefront Master Plan, at minimal or no cost to Evanston taxpayers?”

All members of the Evanston community are welcome to attend. There will be a question and answer period. Light refreshments will be served.

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Street Neighbors Association celebrated ten years of working for residents in the Central Street area in 2017. CSNA was formed to promote and preserve the vitality and quality of life of the Central Street Neighborhood in Evanston. Its purpose is to promote the social welfare of the area and help it thrive as a part of the larger community. CSNA promotes a close community of neighbors to preserve the unique character of Central Street and support projects and programs that will continue to make Central Street a welcoming, sustainable and vibrant home for residents and businesses. CSNA is a key source of information and data about the neighborhood to help the public and policymakers. Visit for more information.

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