Chicago Avenue property back for EVA vote

A building that a developer wanted to raze in 2007 is the proposed site of a dry-cleaning plant. A proposal to allow onsite cleaning is one of two zoning requests that East Village Association members will consider at the Jan. 6 meeting.

Cleaners Depot, which operates the CD One Price Cleaners discount cleaning chain, has signed a lease at 1916 W. Chicago, said attorney Thomas S. Moore. The business is asking the East Village Association to support a zoning change to commercial zoning to allow a dry-cleaning plant on the premises.

EVA expended great effort to rid the area of such zoning years ago, said Scott Rappe, EVA's planning and zoning chair. Moore contends the Cleaners Depot process is more environmentally friendly than typical commercial methods.

In October 2007, EVA turned down a proposal from Ranquist Development to demolish the building for condominium construction.

In another zoning request, Jim Boatman requests support for a zoning change at 1744 W. Augusta. Boatman has revised his original request and is seeking RM5 zoning so that he can legally rent out the building's garden apartment.

Votes are planned for the 7 p.m. meeting in the Happy Village tavern,
1059 N. Wolcott. Both properties are in the 1st Ward, where Ald. Manny Flores suggested that property owners seek EVA review.

Anyone age 16 or older who has been an EVA for the past month may vote on these issues. Members who do not attend but wish to vote must submit their votes in writing to a board member.

To arrange to deliver a proxy vote, contact any of the board members named at the left of the page by email.

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