Starbucks building plans to add apartments

Tenants parking would be reduced for more apartments at 1701 W. Division St.

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

West Town Bakery is now closing some days at 7pm for winter hours, so board meetings need new location.

Planning, Preservation & Development

855 N. Wolcott: Demolition permit, sold last month as a teardown. The caveat is that the neighbor's fire escape prevents a "regular" build, would have to work around the landing. Has to go through the landmark commission, will ask the developer to submit plans to EVA first.

1038 N. Ashland: In meeting at the Winchester, owner was trying to sell the building; seems to think incorrectly that developers believe EVA would be opposed to any development. Looking for a zoning change from a B1-2 to a B1-3.

1701 W. Division: Date not yet set for presentation to members on expansion of Starbucks building. Still waiting for drawings. Initially seemed OK, but parking and access are issues. Transit Oriented Development incentives would allow more residential units.

2000 W. Chicago: Dan will send draft position on Red Apple liquor license. West Town Chamber of Commerce has come out against it, is sending a letter as well saying that will consider a liquor license if has a successful one year run as a grocery store and panini stand. Neal asked if anyone has reached out to the commander reiterating what was sent out to the previous commander; Dan to email Suzy to see if she can. Looking for a response from Ald. Brian Hopkins.

Damen-Chicago store seeks liquor license to reopen

Red Apple Convenience, 2000 W. Chicago Ave, was denied a liquor license in 2012.

East Village Association minutes for Nov. 7, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

Red Apple

The Red Apple convenience store at Damen and Chicago avenues fought for a liquor license three years ago. Owner was denied in appellate court, reapplied 2 months ago with new liquor commissioner under new alderman in 2nd Ward. Owner came to Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association with new business idea named Olive Branch, an upscale store with gourmet sandwiches and paninis.

No plan on reopening settled issue but if the proposal changes will bring it to general membership. Suzi Wahl has a packet with testimony and business violations of the owners, dropped off all 177 letters in protest from previous attempt to Ald. Brian Hopkins: "Every single person at community meeting was against it but Hopkins still has not came out against." If you want more information contact Suzi Wahl. She's unsure how vacant store is paying rent, wants more information.

Elaine: Hopkins has said that owner came with a plan, but did not share details. Keith: Can we get Hopkins here? Tom: Suzi at the meeting made it abundantly clear that our answer to license request is no. Michael: If members are against the license, an email to Hopkins is worthwhile. Stephen: Generally we are being asked to grant licenses without neighbors' participation. Suzi: The main reason for the denial was law enforcement. Michael: We don't want Ald. Hopkins to ignore then pass the license. Tom: Ald. Hopkins did make it clear that he was not the final say, that it was the liquor commissioner's decision.

New owners prepare St. Boniface plans

Builder Michael Skoulsky talks to EVA members at Happy Village. An Oct. 15 block party will celebrate St. Boniface church being saved from demolition.

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

Call to order 7:09pm.

President’s Welcome

Discussion with Sheila Cosgrove, Manager of Mariano’s on Chicago Avenue

Knows lots of people who are unhappy, trying to it, bringing up some of the major concerns. Has been there for 5 months, has switched out employees and managers. One the verge of engagement survey, moving in the correct direction.

St. Boniface saved! Block party Oct. 15

Please join us Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 for the celebration of saving St. Boniface Church: Noon till evening with free beer, food trucks and live music at 905 N. Noble St. in Chicago.

Mariano's smallest grocery has big plans

Mariano's has set about improving its Ukrainian Village store under the grocery chain's new management.

"I know a lot of people are unhappy with the store," store director Shiela Cosgrove told East Village Association members Monday. "It is getting better." Cosgrove has run the location at 2021 W. Chicago Ave. for five months. She has put five new managers in place, improving produce and other departments. The store has 260 employees.

"It's been a huge transition," she added. The former Dominick's site is the chain's smallest. Its high traffic demands more frequent cleanup, and there's less shelf space and back-room storage. "When I run out of cornstarch," she said, "I'm out of cornstarch." She admits she's made home deliveries of out-of-stock items.

New owner Kroger Co. plans to rebuild former Dominick's locations. While plans have not been drafted for a Chicago Avenue renovation, Cosgrove hopes to keep the street-level space open and add rooftop space. She hopes to add organic products and install a bar. Despite its size, the location is the local chain's top liquor seller.

Club Foot apartments proposed

Architect John Nelson plans a street-level setback for the former Club Foot space.

East Village Association board minutes for Sept. 19, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

1824 W. Augusta Blvd.
Owner of former Club Foot space asks for zoning change from R-4 to R-5 to use the first floor for two units. Orange-rated building, significant but not historic. Brian Foote had some issues regarding the fa├žade and the gate in the back. Next steps: a Planning, Preservation & Development committee recommendation, then a vote from the board.

Happy Village
No updates on Wolcott liquor moratorium lift since Sept. 12 meeting. Next steps: Wait for sale discussions at 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. and invite operator to meet with us when ready.

St. Boniface
Owner has till Sept. 23 to sell or church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. will be knocked down. Final court hearing Sept. 28.

PP&D Updates
Red Apple Convenience, 2000 W. Damen, is seeking another liquor license; should respond per Neal McKnight. Crime issue has not been resolved since licence rejection was upheld on appeal. Owners and store concept have not changed. Review scheduled for next Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association meeting.

CAPS update
Nothing to report; should perhaps ask Kim Shepherd for email updates.

New Business
Promote West Town Art Fest.