Developer rehabs St. Boniface plan


St. Boniface Church and the John Hancock Center mark the Chestnut Street skyline west of Eckhart Park.

East Village Association board minutes for March 9, 2015 submitted by Michael VanDam

New board, committee appointments

2nd Ward Aldermanic Debate

East Village Association will co-sponsor a March 24 debate at Columbus Elementary School, 1003 N. Leavitt. The format will offer more leeway with questions and responses, because only the two runoff candidates will be participating. Board members discussed ways EVA could help increase voter turnout.

Social Media

Board members explored creating an East Village Facebook group in addition to the EVA Facebook page. While it lacks the power of in-person interaction, a group might add to neighbor input outside monthly meetings. A subcommittee will explore social media opportunities.

Planning, Preservation and Development

No additional information is available on the ground-floor tenant moving into the Amber Building, 1620 W. Chicago Ave.

St. Boniface Church neighbors have been informed the church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. may be converted into 112 apartments for low-wage workers. The rehab plan, presented in a meeting with Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward), has twice the unit count of a previous plan for senior housing. Scott Rappe will obtain an update.

Membership

McKnight will spearhead an initiative to get more local businesses to join EVA. Board members considered a “welcome packet” or small flyer explaining EVA and how to join.

New Business

Patio license renewal season is occurring now: The board needs to work with Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) to ensure that Division Street businesses adhere to plans filed with the city.

Speaker suggestions for future EVA meetings are welcome.

Attendees at West Town Bakery & Diner: Gladys Alcazar-Anselmo, Rich Anselmo, David Burns, Dan Johnson, Neal McKnight, Greg Nagel, Stephen Rynkiewicz, Tom Tomek, Michael VanDam, Bob Zwolinski.

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