Community groups raise crime profile


State Rep. Cynthia Soto addresses a Feb. 6 meeting at the West Town Branch Library.

East Village Association board minutes for Feb. 13, 2017, by Daniel Navarro

EVA president Dan Johnson will ask for volunteers for a safety committee. Community group leaders are forming a working group following a series of Chicago Police town-hall meetings.

The group will check in with police, aldermen and other leaders to keep tabs on measures to deal with crime. Anne Shaw, who organized a 2011 effort to save the 13th District police station, expressed interest.

The West Town SSA is considering private security for the Chicago Avenue business district. Vice president Michael VanDam asked if EVA would take a position. The concern is that police may redeploy its officers elsewhere. VanDam said private security should not be a long-term solution. The tax district offers rebates for private security cameras.

Public safety issues will be featured in future EVA meetings.

Ald. Ameya Pawar, a candidate for governor, is scheduled to speak at EVA's 7pm April 3 meeting in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Planning, Preservation & Development

A possible upzoning request is coming on the 900 block of Paulina. Owners have not put a proposal forward. On Augusta, zoning changes would be require to build a 3-flat on a teardown site.

No information was available on on the Augusta dairy, which was to be on the March city Landmark Commission agenda. Work has resumed at the Ace on Ashland development.

Officer nominating committee

Board members are discussing interest in EVA leadership—speak up.

Crime on the agenda at West Town community meeting

In lieu of the regularly scheduled East Village Association meeting, please join your neighbors Monday at a West Town Community Meeting on Public Safety. Participants include Alderman Joe Moreno, Alderman Roberto Maldonado, State Rep. Cynthia Soto and 12th District Chicago Police Cmdr. Edward Kulbida. Meet at 6 in the Lower Level Conference Room of the historic Goldblatt's Building on Chicago at Ashland.

Ald. Moreno Q&A

Apartments will rehab Ashland office building


Jay Keller of Space Architects + Planners presents plans for 1038 N. Ashland Ave.

East Village Association minutes for Jan. 9, 2017, by Stephen Rynkiewicz

East Village Association members unanimously backed plans to convert offices to apartments at 1038 N. Ashland Ave.

Honore Holdings founder Michael Schenouda plans to convert the MIS Computer Corp. office building to 18 apartments and a property management office. Architect Jay Keller of Space Architects + Planners says renovations will keep the red-brick exterior intact.

Architectural renderings call for 2 studio, 12 1-bedroom and 4 2-bedroom apartments, ranging from 424 to 915 square feet. Large windows would be restored along Ashland Avenue, with additional windows replacing the spray-painted mural along Cortez Street.

East Village 2016 year in review


EVA has championed redevelopment of St. Boniface Church since it closed in 1990.

East Village is a magnet for young professionals and the developers who follows them. EVA's most popular posts of 2016 follow the progress of St. Boniface, Pure Dairy, Ace on Ashland and other developments.

Neighbors fight new St. Boniface apartment plan

March 31: Neighbors of St. Boniface organized to save St. Boniface Church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. A threat to raze the church drew new interest in preserving the site, an EVA goal since the church closed in 1990. Stas Development finally stalled demolition in a last-minute deal to buy the site. An open house this coming Tuesday will preview the construction timeline for condos and a music hall.

Planning, Preservation & Development

Ongoing: Expansion of Chicago's Transit Oriented Development rules, which waives parking space requirements near rail lines, drew contractors to EVA's development guidelines, which discourage one-off zoning changes.

Hopkins rejects Red Apple plan

East Village Association board minutes for Dec. 12, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

January meeting

Date moving to 9th from the 2nd; board meeting to move to the subsequent Monday.

Red Apple

Ald. Hopkins to deny liquor license but will not stop applicant from going forward with for applying or putting up a business.

PP&D update

1038 N. Ashland: Owner is selling to a management company. Will develop upper 2 floors to residential, will need a zoning change. 18 units over 2.5 floors. Type 1 zoning change. Looking to add residential to first floor. Will make a formal presentation to EVA on Jan 9.

920 N. Paulina: Residential building midblock, all area is R2-4. Would like to add a garden rental in basement, is requesting upzone for that one parcel. They will come on the 16th to the next board meeting.

EVA members OK Starbucks addition

East Village Association minutes for Dec. 5, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

1701 W. Division presentation and vote

Brian: Have met with owners and wanted to bring it to the general meeting. Proposed development to add on to rear of building. Seeking a zone change and asking for us to approve.

Developers: Existing building currently zoned B3-2 seeking to up zone to a B3-3. Fully renovate existing apartment units and add a 1-story-taller building behind it and a parking base. Respecting the neighborhood by using existing structure and materials. This will be high end. Existing is a mix of 3 the new will be 2, elevator access to all floors. Parking will have bike storage and trash alcove.