According to this RoundTable article, on Nov. 16, 2009 City Council Meeting, Mayor Liz Tisdahl shared copies of a proposal from a private company to rebuild the Robert Crown Center. The City Manager said this could be untertaken at no cost to the taxpayer. I would like a copy of the proposal she references and any emails between, to, or from Wally Bobkiewicz, Liz Tisdahl, and whoever the private company party was. I would also like copies of emails between Mark Metz and Wally Bobkiewicz for the time period of Jan. 2009 - Nov. 2009
"With little discussion, Council members followed the lead of City Manager Walter Bobkiewicz, who said, "We should make this a national project – and do it with no City money. … [We should] try to find a company to design, build, operate and finance the project with no cost to the Evanston taxpayer. "
Alderman Donald Wilson, 4th Ward, said, "I agree completely – this should be a top priority. The facilities are inadequate. We have lost revenue opportunities, and there has already been interest expressed from outside companies."
Alderman Coleen Burrus, 9th Ward, said, "I agree 100 percent with the idea that we can’t spend taxpayers’ money. … There will be some great economic development opportunities for the businesses [at Main Street and Dodge Avenue]."
Saying she did not have enough copies for everyone, since she had received the proposal only an hour before, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl distributed to aldermen and at least one member of the audience a proposal from a private company to rebuild the center.
During citizen comment, Mark Metz, chair of the Robert Crown subcommittee of the Playground and Recreation Board, urged the aldermen to take a "leadership position in the reconstruction of Robert Crown. … Once you take the leadership position, there will be interesting possibilities – a private-public partnership, private funding and philanthropy – ways to move the project forward."