Things are popping in Evanston, with anger over the budget, allegations of ethics violations by aldermen and now the Preservation Commission’s recommendation to deny the City’s application to demolish the Harley Clarke mansion.
Of course, few things relating to the Harley Clarke mansions are ever final. The City Council – which already voted to approve demolition – has at least two ways to get around the Preservation Commission’s recommendation, at least temporarily. Immediately, Council has the authority to reject the recommendation. And the City can now apply for a certificate of economic need to demolish the mansion – same place, different standards. That recommendation will also cycle back to Council for approval or denial. There is also the possibility that someone will seek judicial review of the matter at some point.
So, nothing is settled; early voting has begun. Nov. 6 will see the results of the non-binding referendum question on whether to save the mansion.
It’s Oct. 24 and the Hunter’s Moon will be full tonight. This is day 295 of 2019; 70 days remain in the year. The National Weather Service reports that yesterday’s Lake Michigan temperatures were 55 at the Chicago crib, the Chicago shore and the Wilmette buoy.