EVA supports Division-Ashland sidewalk safeguards

The East Village Association asked Ald. Manny Flores on April 7 to extend "pedestrian street" protections to the block of Division Street between Ashland and Marshfield.

"Protecting this final block on the approach to the Polish Triangle is critical," planning chair Scott Rappe wrote in an April 7 letter to the 1st Ward alderman, who last year agreed to ask the city Department of Planning & Development to make the change.

The pedestrian designation already prohibits curb cuts from private property onto Division Street from Leavitt to Marshfield, maintaining space for storefronts with lively display windows. Rappe said moving earlier would have improved development plans for the former bank parking lot on the northwest corner of Division and Ashland.

The move is "the right thing to do regardless of who or what eventually occupies the Pizza Hut property," Rappe wrote, warning that a "wait and see" approach would unfairly target current plans for a Walgreens to replace the Pizza Hut or future development at the adjacent Wendy's drive-through site.

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