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.

EVA to vote on transit-oriented housing at 1701 W. Division

Monday's East Village Association meeting will include a presentation on proposed changes to the Starbucks coffee shop at 1701 W. Division to accommodate transit-oriented housing.

EVA members will vote on whether to accede to zoning changes. The meeting starts at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Plans submitted to EVA show a new 5-story building with a roof deck. FitzGerald Associates Architects says the Starbucks will stay as-is but the current 6 units will be renovated. The new building will have eight 2- and 3-bedroom housing units over one floor of parking.

EVA's vote would be a non-binding recommendation requested by Ald. Proco Joe Moreno. The project requires a zoning change to B3-3 from the current B3-2. Developers plan to use city Transit Oriented Development incentives that reduce parking requirements.

Representing building owner John Kelly at the meeting will be Sara K. Barnes, a partner with the Samuel V.P. Banks law offices, along with the architects.

Wicker Park master plan calls for wider Polish Triangle sidewalk


A drawing in the WPB master plan envisions a wider Milwaukee Avenue sidewalk.

An updated Wicker Park master plan calls for sidewalk cafes to "reclaim space for bikers and pedestrians" at the Polish Triangle.

In a 163-page document unveiled in November, the Wicker Park Bucktown retail-service district SSA 33 proposes "shared street" strategies to increase foot traffic at the Division, Ashland and Milwaukee intersection. Its wish list includes ideas aired in a May community workshop, including widening the Milwaukee Avenue sidewalk and converting parking spaces to "parklets" for community use.

The report says wider sidewalks "would have a big impact on the potential for streetlife and commercial vitality" and make for shorter street crossings at Division and Ashland. The report does not say how to widen the sidewalk, but a sketch in the report suggests that parking would be eliminated.