Evanston City Council members Monday night are scheduled to ask a consultant to estimate the cost of constructing a new police-fire headquarters building just south of the existing civic center.
The consultant, AECOM, has already been contracted to develop a variety of options for relocating and redeveloping the civic center and police-fire headquarters buildings at a cost of $367,249.
Adding the new option to the study will raise the study’s cost by $31,025.
The new proposal envisions having a total of just under 150,000 square feet of space combined in the existing building and the new addition.
It also building a nearly 160,000 square foot parking structure on the site of the existing Civic Center parking lot.
The cost estimate is to include a total renovation of the existing century-old building originally constructed as a private school.
The original AECOM contract was approved last October and originally was scheduled to be complete in May. That deadline has already been extended to Aug. 26 and no additional time is being requested to add the new option to the plans.
The other options already included in the study involve relocating the civic center and the police-fire headquarters building to a new location, likely in the downtown area and evaluating options for reusing the existing sites.
A city staff memo says the decision to add the additional option to the study grew out of meetings the consulting team conducted with elected officials.
Also on Monday the City Council is scheduled to approve spending $100,000 for additional repairs to failing gutters and downspouts on the Civic Center. Work to repair the gutters and downspouts and failing brickwork on the fourth floor started last fall and has already cost $286,000.
City officials have been trying for decades to decide whether to build a new home for city offices and have postponed for the most part major upgrades to the existing buildings in the meantime.