Polish Triangle food truck gears up for summer

A Polish Triangle concessions applicant proposes a food truck covered in plastic vines.

Sandwiches, ice cream, coffee and doughnuts will be on the menu as a mobile kitchen prepares to park on the Polish Triangle plaza this summer.

Latent Design, the East Village architecture firm that manages city plaza concessions, has been negotiating with Rays Five Star, a mobile-kitchen startup. The Polish Triangle Coalition recommended the vendor for the Division-Ashland-Milwaukee plaza after reviewing applications May 25.

Balkan pita-sandwich vendor Cevapcici will contine serving during Tuesdays on the Triangle after-work performances through Labor Day. The Zebek jazz quartet will perform June 7. The summer entertanment schedule features Latino Experimental Theater, the CSYO Steel Band and Adventure Stage Trailblazers.

Events could make splash in converted bathhouse

The city operated a bathhouse at 1019 N. Wolcott Ave. from 1918 through the 1960s.

East Village Association board minutes for May 9, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

Planning, Preservation & Development
Lincoln bathhouse followup (1019 N. Wolcott Ave.)
Michelle Hayward came to discuss proposal, has responded to some of our recommendations and questions. Looking for input from group to take a position on it. Will discuss with PP&D committee. Has spoken to or notified neighbors; most neighbors were disinterested or not opposed.

EVA backs Plan of Operation for Chicago Avenue grocery

East Village Association minutes for May 2, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

President’s Welcome

Call to order 7:11pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Plan of operation copy available to view

Augusta Dairy Building Update

Neal McKnight - Scott Rappe and I got some emails, project presented to board, demolition was denied for white structure and back-set building. MCZ has retained a new architect to save historic buildings to be put into new structures. No one has seen designs but will see them in next couple of weeks. Neal and Scott will set up email to discuss further.

Presentation and Vote on Windy City Mini Market’s Request for a Liquor License

Dean Maragos here for WCMM. Here a few weeks ago with client, Jesse, but could not attend today because his manager became ill. Community lawyer for Chicago Greektown Chamber of Commerce, sensitive to community issues, represents those who are good to the community.

Mini Market at 1756 W. Chicago Ave. 2000 sq.ft.; will be using small portion of grocery store, has been there for 7 years. Packaged liquor as auxiliary use. Clearly a grocery store, contains everything, meat section. Will limit to beer and wine, more detail in Plan of Operation, nothing less than 5.99 only craft beer and wine. Majority of sales will be 70% non-liquor. Zoning is B1-2.

Plan of Operation amended to our request, is a grocery store not a packaged liquor store Accessory use, majority of sales non-liquor. Hours will not exceed midnight. Not to exceed 30%, nothing less than $5.99, special brews such as malt liquor will not be allowed, nothing high alcohol at low cost.

Augusta dairy, St. Boniface next steps

Developer plans 12 condo units at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd., razing building built in 1881.

Update: The City Council on April 13 denied a demolition permit for the historic property at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd. "My office has been in conversation with the current owners," Ald. Brian Hopkins told aldermen. "They have been negotiating in good faith. They believe there's a way to save the structure. We need more time to continue those negotiations."

East Village Association board minutes for April 11, 2016, by Daniel Navarro Welcome
  • Peter Gariepy and KK Goh in touch to transfer treasury responsibility
  • Membership list may pass to secretary
Commercial Park Earth Day Event
  • April 23 cleanup, no kids' activities, looking for assistance
  • Looking to have a block party on Rice, maybe work together
  • Flier on Facebook pages
  • Getting money from various locations, looking for volunteers
  • Ald. Proco Moreno also posted a clean and green for April 16
Augusta Dairy Update
  • Group should write a letter on both this and St. Boniface
  • Last Thursday the owners of 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd. property threatened to sue the city for spot zoning
  • Developer met with Ald. Brian Hopkins and committed to saving first floor façade but won't save inside building. Developer offered to reconstruct any façade damage. New architect Space will submit design proposal to EVA and alderman
  • Initial plan is no retail on first floor and 12 condo units, razing building built in 1881 but saving 1920s façade

Ald. Hopkins: 'We have a chance to save this building'

"It's pretty rare to be in a community meeting where it's just a unanimous consensus," said Ald, Brian Hopkins. "Let's just pause and savor that moment."

East Village Association minutes for April 4, 2016, by Daniel Navarro
  • President's Welcome
  • Business Minute: Sean Murty and Lisa Muscato from Paperish Mess
    • Opened 3 years ago
    • improvements in Chicago developments has helped their business
    • 100 or so different artists, local/emerging artists, gallery openings once a month (to restart)
    • Custom framing
    • Woodshop in basement for custom furniture (commercial projects)
      • i.e., Steel petal press
    • Goal is to as makers give other makers space to showcase work
    • Operates as a consignment shop for other artists

Will Wicker Park Connection tower deliver on transit?

Wicker Park Connection will add commuter apartments and condos at 1650-54 W. Division.

East Village Association board minutes for March 14, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

Board transition

Peter Gariepy and KK Goh will work on a transition for the treasury. EVA has just over 100 active, paying members.

Business Minute

Local artists are invited to give presentations at general meetings. Dollop Bake Shop, 1000 N. Damen Ave., will be scheduled for a future meeting.

Planning, Preservation and Development

A March 16 meeting with Ald. Proco Joe Moreno will discuss two buildings. EVA wants to explore saving the façade at 1108-10 N Ashland Ave. The former Rothschild Liquor store at 1542 W. Chicago Ave. will have eight units above rehabbed retail space.