Police land swap could expand Commercial Park


Minutes for Sept. 17 East Village Association board meeting submitted by Stephen Rynkiewicz

Upcoming Meetings: Oct 1 - Energy Impact Illinois; Nov 5 - Cook County Board of Review

Pedestrian Designation: Motion passes to recommend city extend Chicago Avenue pedestrian street designation east to Noble Street (moved by Scott Rappe, seconded by Neal McKnight).

West Town Chamber/SSA Expansion: McKnight will schedule meeting with Ald. Waguespack.

30th Anniverary Celebration: Event raised $3,000 for West Town library; expenses estimated at $750.

Frankie Machine Community Garden: EVA will contribute to build birdbath.

Planning, Preservation & Development: Villa shoe store at 1555 W. Division has been rezoned B3-2.

Following an inquiry, a developer will be invited to present a plan to upzone AAA Distributing Co. site at 1834-50 W. Chicago to B3-3 for first-floor retail and 70 residential units. EVA directors discussed an alternative plan: to swap the Chicago Avenue property with the 13th District police site at 937 N. Wood St.

Such a trade would allow expansion of Commercial Park, across the alley at 1845 W. Rice St. The park would be an appropriate site to build a memorial to slain officers, and a police substation could fill a vacancy in the Goldblatt's building, 1615 W. Chicago Ave. Greg Nagel and Scott Rappe will explore the plan's feasibility.

Meeting convened 6:36 pm, adjourned 7:28 pm at Leona’s restaurant, 1936 W. Augusta: Officers Neal McKnight, Peter Locke; directors Gladys Anselmo-Alcazar, Greg Nagel, Scott Rappe, Stephen Rynkiewicz, Tom Tomek; members Rich Anselmo, Marjorie Isaacson.

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