Augusta affirmed as residential street

The former Club Foot space, 1824 W. Augusta Blvd.

East Village Association board minutes for June 8, 2015, submitted by Michael VanDam

Ashland Avenue Development

The proposal for a transit-oriented development at 1062 N. Ashland Ave. does not seem to be moving forward.

Club Foot proposal

An inquiry was received regarding the former Club Foot space, 1824 W. Augusta Blvd. Given the residential setting, EVA does not support commercial development at that location, consistent with longstanding guidelines regarding appropriate zoning. Instead, we would prefer to work with the developer to identify a more appropriate space.

The inquiry raised the possibility of adding guidelines for developers thinking about locating in the neighborhood to facilitate more productive discussions on proposed new developments.

Bus Rapid Transit

A representative from the Active Transportation Alliance has asked to “take the temperature” of the group regarding the proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line on Ashland Avenue. Given the lack of response from the questions surrounding the Environmental Assessment, there has been no new relevant information presented to the group.

Future meetings

Rep. Mike Quigley may attend an EVA meeting in August. Traditionally, the August meeting has been a block party. We are exploring potential dates for this event.

Polish Triangle makes People Plaza bid

A chess class meets at the West Town branch library, 1625 W. Chicago Ave.

East Village Association minutes for June 1, 2015, submitted by Michael VanDam

Polish Triangle

Speakers: Katherine Darnstadt and Kristen Moreau of Latent Design. Based at 900 N. Ashland Ave., Latent Design won the city contract for Activate, a placemaking program designed to create People Plazas throughout Chicago.

Locally, they will be working on sites at Mautene Court, 1260 N. Milwaukee Ave., and the Polish Triangle at Division, Milwaukee and Ashland. The installations will feature a popup kiosk with a rotating schedule of art, music and other creative programming.

They will be working closely with local neighborhood organizations to ensure that the programming reflects the neighborhood. Artists and musicians, as well as anyone else with a creative idea, should contact them directly.

Chicago Public Library

EVA is sponsoring part of the West Town Library chess series for the second year. There’s been a great turnout so far this year.

Planning, Preservation and Development

Fifield Cos. has broken ground on the new 59-unit apartment complex at 1838 W. Chicago Ave.. The site is being marketed as Luxe on Chicago.

CAPS Update

The only issue raised at a recent meeting was double parking in front of Carbon, 810 N. Marshfield Ave. Next meeting will be July 15. Getting away from "alternative" policing strategy, CAPS is moving to just community policing.

New Business

Catherine Garypie recently participated in the community Ukrainian Village yard sale. It was a big success despite the inclement weather, and there may be an additional sale around West Fest on July 11-12.