In response to a request from the City of Evanston, Friends of the Robert Crown Center (FRCC) agreed to wire the City $400,000 to cover change orders arising from soil problems, retaliatory tariffs on steel and other unforeseen issues during the construction of the new Robert Crown Community Center, factors that outstripped the contingency built into the original project budget.

“Because of the spirit and generosity of our more than 1,350 donors, Friends of the Robert Crown Center is happy to advance funds to the City to cover these expenses. The new facility is currently hosting summer camps with enough room to maintain a safe physical distance, distributes 4,000 grab-and-go lunches to students each week, and we are thrilled that the new Robert Crown Library is reopening with new safety procedures on August 1,” said Daniel Stein, President of FRCC.

Just last month, FRCC advanced the City of Evanston $637,500 to pay additional debt service payments, giving the City much-needed breathing room in a Fiscal 2020 budget that saw falling revenues and growing expenses due to the novel coronavirus. FRCC has now transferred more than $6.637 million to the City, including the entire $6 million share for construction costs as outlined in the City’s funding plan for the new RCCC.

When completed, this additional transfer will raise the total contributions to date from FRCC to the City to more than $7 million. The new Robert Crown Community Center (RCCC) was borne of the Evanston community’s desire to create an innovative facility and park, a landmark community center featuring a 6,000-squarefoot state-of-the-art public library and technology center, modern childcare center, art and dance studios, a running track, two NHL-sized ice rinks, a first-class gym inside a brand new building that opened in February, 2020.

There are few if any other community centers in the United States that combine all of these educational and recreational resources in one place. Friends of the Robert Crown Center would like to thank the more than 1,350 donors and hundreds of volunteers who helped raise the private funds and grants.