Unanimous vote to freeze liquor licenses



June 4 membership meeting
Minutes submitted by Kok Keng Goh

Speakers: Wicker Park Athletic Club

WPAC took over the previous post office location and doors are now open at 1635 W. Division St. It's the sixth location in Chicago for a chain doing business since the 1980s. A $35 discount in membership fees is available to East Village Association members.

Liquor moratoria discussion

Scott Rappe read the proposed resolution and clarified its reasoning: to reduce the impact of liquor sales on the community, reduce the review workload for the EVA board, and for business applicants to be more efficient in their process.

The resolution passed unanimously.

Continuation of minutes by Stephen Rynkiewicz

High Dive PPA license

Owner Alex Tsolakides discussed plans for live music and karaoke at High Dive, 1938 W. Chicago Ave., that require a public place of amusement license. Capacity is 196 people, with 46 in the performance space.

Planning, preservation & development

Chicago requires a zoning change rather than a planned development for the former Pizza Hut site at 1601 W. Division St. It would rescind a long-sought pedestrian designation for the location, only recently put in place.

Current issues & projects

A pop-up art gallery was located next to Swim Cafe at Chicago and Wolcott. EVA anniversary fundraising will benefit the West Town Branch Library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., which lost city program funding.

Tom Tomek noted gang-related shootings at Division-Wolcott and Cortez-Paulina areas. Near North Montessori School, 1434 W. Division St., wants to engage 7th-graders in maintaining the Division Street tree pits. Alley access is a concern in the opening of a Papa John's pizzeria at 907 N. Damen Ave.

Meeting adjourned 8:17pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott.

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