EVA lends wine store an opener




East Village Association members on June 7 paved the way for a wine shop to lease the former Washington Mutual bank building at 1555 W. Division.

Members voted 19-3 vote to support a new package-goods moratorium on the south side of Division Street, from Wood Street to Ashland Avenue, and to rezone the commercial Division-Ashland-Milwaukee block to B1-1.

Galleria Wine & Liquor‎ made a presentation to EVA at the suggestion of 1st Ward Ald. Joe Moreno, who would have to lift a moratorium that now extends to Milwaukee Avenue. Downzoning after Galleria obtains a license would prohibit package-goods uses if the business fails or moves, said EVA planning co-chair Neil McKnight.

A proposed bylaw that would allow the chair to expel members from EVA meetings failed on a 10-11 vote.

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