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 façade 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.

Happy Village 2nd Ward community meeting


Jon Donnelly, co-owner and managing partner of Lucky's Sandwiches, speaks on discussions to purchase the Happy Village tavern and beer garden at 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Jon Donnelly circulated this statement to East Village Association members at its Sept. 12 meeting.

We respectfully are reaching out to you in regards to the sale of the Happy Village, a business located at 1059 N. Wolcott. The Happy Village has been operating for over 50 years and the owner, Cherlyl Pilch, and ourselves have come to an agreement in principal to purchase the property and business. Ms. Pilch is prepared to retire and this sale will ensure she can do so in comfort.

When our attorney initially went to Business Affairs to apply for a change of officer on the license, the city told him there was a moratorium on Wolcott between Division and Augusta, which is where the Happy Village stands. We are asking for your help in lifting the moratium so that we can carry on The Happy Village's tradition and so that Cherlyn Pilch may retire comfortably. Any help in lifting this moratorium would be very much appreciated as we could complete this transaction as soon as it was lifted.

EVA Monday: Happy Village plans


Ald. Brian Hopkins speaks to EVA members at the Happy Village in 2015.

The East Village Association's Monday meeting will discuss a plan to lift the tavern moratorium on Wolcott Avenue to facilitate the purchase of the Happy Village.

Jon Donnelly, co-owner and managing partner of Lucky's Sandwiches, will speak on discussions to purchase the tavern and beer garden at 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. and any steps to lessen the impact on surrounding residents.

An ordinance to allow new licenses is on hold in the City Council license committee. Ald. Brian Hopkins told DNAinfo the new owners have pledged to keep the tavern and beer garden "exactly as it is today."

The meeting starts at 7pm in the Winchester restaurant, 1001 N. Winchester Ave.

2016 East Village Block Party photos

A great turnout, great weather and big fun brought neighbors together Aug. 27 for this year's EVA summer block party. Thanks to our sponsors Forbidden Root and Ask Nagel Realty. See more photos in EVA's Facebook album.

EVA vote: Pure Dairy-Leona's condos

Architect Ramiel Kenoun and lawyer Nick Ftikas show plans for the Pure Dairy site.

East Village Association minutes for Aug. 1, 2016, by Daniel Navarro
Call to order 7:05pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

Augusta Dairy developers
EVA Planning, Preservation and Development chair introduced Nick Ftikas from the Samuel V.P. Banks law office, Ramiel Kenoun of Space Architects and Todd Mullen of MCZ Development to describe plans for the former Pure Farm Products dairy and Leona's restaurant building at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd.

Foote: EVA has been working with the development team for a couple of months, have had comments and revisions to incorporate the community desire for the initial building with the developers needs.

Ftikas: 10,000 sq ft site all residential. Important to maintain the initial façade. Have set that up to retain the front portion of that building and building the back.

Kenoun: Playing off the site's building within a building. Will put a set back from front façade with building a symmetrical back building. 5 story, 16 units with 1:1 parking. 4 units per floor roughly 1,400 sq. ft. per unit with roof deck. Will restore front façade with white glazing to mimic what is current there, will create a couple of new openings and restoring 4 peaks (parapets) that were there prior to Leona's. Site plans show the different units. The last page contains rendering of new image.