EVANSTON, IL—The Evanston Art Center, a501(c)(3) organization, has just acquired a new home for itsexpanded campus in suburban Evanston. The nonprofit will relocatefrom its current facilities at 2603 Sheridan Rd., its home since1966, into a 20,000-square-foot building at 1717 Central St.Randy D. Podolsky, managing principal ofPodolsky|Circle CORFAC International, andAdam J. Tarantur, principal, headed the advisoryteam for the relocation project.

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The former office building on Central St. will serve as thecenter's new headquarters after a complete renovation. The center'sofficials say the building's vintage 1940s Art Deco style willenhance their visual branding and street presence. The propertyincludes its own parking lot, street parking and access to publictransportation.

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In addition to expanded gallery spaces, the nonprofit willtransform 1717 Central St. into a place that offers programming andeducational activities in the culinary arts, design, digitalfabrication, music and a broad array of visual arts. The renovatedbuilding will also include amenities such as a coffee shop calledthe “Art Bar.”

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Evanston Art Center was founded in 1929 and offers instructionto people from across the metro area through studio art classes,exhibitions and public lectures.

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Assisting the center are counsel Coree Smith atKirkland & Ellis, lender First Bank& Trust and design-build contractor theDobbins Group. The Riverwoods, IL-basedPodolsky|Circle and Dobbins recently completed the renovation ofEvanston's Roycemore School.

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Brian J. Rogal

Brian J. Rogal is a Chicago-based freelance writer with years of experience as an investigative reporter and editor, most notably at The Chicago Reporter, where he concentrated on housing issues. He also has written extensively on alternative energy and the payments card industry for national trade publications.