Chicago Academy of Music joins St. Boniface plans

Builder Michael Skoulsky talks to EVA members at Happy Village.

East Village Association board minutes for July 11, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

President’s Welcome

St. Boniface Update

  • Plans on last stage to completion
  • Chicago Academy of Music will be the nonprofit provider
  • Joint operation with condos and music hall
  • Meeting tomorrow with school and city will put plans moving forward
  • 8 studio apartments in a building next to the lot with a conservatory
  • 15 condos in the church
  • 20 units in a new structure
  • Still trying to figure out parking situation
  • Auditorium will have about 300 seats

Planning, Preservation & Development Updates

  • Parlor Pizza working with Ald. Moreno to get required tree pits
  • Augusta Dairy: New drawings and proposal by board meeting next week. Have been going back and forth with updated proposals and feedback. They want to be able to present to general meeting in August; 16 condo units
  • Deitch Pharmacy has approached to change storefront zoning to residential. PP&D recommends not supporting converting business to residential. Moreno's position unclear
  • Various groups, one organizing a new neighborhood association just west of us (Chicago-Damen-Augusta-Western), have invited us to discuss how we deal with property developments, as we are area's most formal in response
  • Partnering with Eckhart Park Community Council (driven by alderman). Provide guidance and tutoring for the group. "Do not approve anything, just chose not to oppose"
  • Bathhouse: Alderman wants to take a different approach instead of up-zone then down-zone, wants to discuss legislation
  • Happy Village is up for sale; the liquor moratorium would have to be lifted. New owners are old owners of Lucky Sandwiches with a plan of operation to be put in place. Owner will present at next board meeting
  • Liquor moratorium lift on Chicago between Wood and Ashland is on docket for City Council this month

Summer Block Party Info

  • Aug. 20 on Winchester north of Chicago
  • Michael VanDam to head event
  • Bouncy house
  • Look to invite politicians

New Business

  • Hopkins meeting with police commander to discuss uptick on crime. There is a petition on the EVA Facebook page for 12th District staffing. Moreno also met with police commander
  • Polish Triangle securing electricity for food vendors

St. Boniface music school plans



By Robert Zwolinski

Neighbors on Chestnut Street received a letter for pre-demolition of St. Boniface Church. However, the court last week extended a hold on demolition for one month. The current owner has not agreed to the demolition. The current owner is not aware of the letter and is in talks with the Chicago Academy of Music to sell the church.

If anyone see's construction trucks outside the church please notify all members of Neighbors of St. Bonface, the academy, Michael Skoulsky or myself so we can contact the owner and the police.

The East Village Association has been facilitating discussions on adaptive reuse of the church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. Builder Skoulsky gave an early proposal at EVA's June 6 meeting.

The music school's plans include 15 large condo units within the church and 19 to 22 condos in a new four-story structure on Chestnut Street, according to the Saint Boniface Info website.

A four-story building on the Noble Street side would include two small commercial units and music classrooms on the first floor, 8 studio apartments for academy use on the second floor and a small auditorium on the third and fourth floors.

Rep. Quigley's Washington update

The war on terror is not going to end in our lifetime, in the view of Congressman Mike Quigley. From his vantage point on the House intelligence and appropriations committees, 90 percent of terrorist plots have failed; they succeed only when we haven't seen them coming. Quigley talks about gun violence and other matters at EVA's June 6 meeting.

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.