2015 East Village block party

East Village Association's annual summer event brought neighbors together for food and drink, plus a bounce house for the kids. Find more photos on the EVA Facebook page.

Ashland apartments scale down; liquor option on Augusta

Milbury Architects' revised plan for 1062 N. Ashland Ave.

East Village Association board minutes for Aug. 10, 2015, by Michael VanDam

Planning, Preservation and Development

1062 N. Ashland Ave.: Developer Mark Sutherland presented revised plans to build apartments behind the Ashland Church of God's existing fa├žade. A smaller building would have 4 studios, 16 1-bedrooms and 13 2-bedroom apartments.

The developer agreed to provide the city-required 10% ratio of affordable housing, and will not buy out of the requirement. They may move one or two of the units offsite, but will keep them within the West Town community.

The proposal should go to the general EVA membership at the next meeting on Sept. 14.

1612 W. Chicago Ave.: The Shapiro Ballroom has announced plans to renovate the old Alvin Theater for a ballroom dance school and event space. Neal McKnight will reach out to see if we can help with any necessary permits or zoning changes.

1824 W. Augusta Blvd.: EVA sent a letter to Ed Marszewski of Golden Arms stating that we do not support a lift of the Augusta liquor moratorium. He is welcome to pursue the city-sanctioned process of obtaining the approval of 51% of registered voters living within 500 feet of the proposed location.

Quigley gives Capitol update; how to appeal property taxes

EVA treasurer K.K. Goh and Rep. Mike Quigley at the 2014 EVA block party.

East Village Association minutes for Aug. 3, 2015, by Michael VanDam

Congressman Quigley

Rep. Mike Quigley joined the EVA meeting to offer an update on the Illinois 5th District. Among the highlights:

  • The new district map has expanded substantially: It’s now equivalent to 15 Chicago wards.
  • Definitely let him know if you’re coming to D.C. He can help out with White House tours, Capitol tours and other events, and loves to see his constituents.
  • He has recently been appointed to the House Select Committee on Intelligence, working on issues of national and international security.
  • He continues on the House Appropriations Committee, focusing on issues of transportation and urban development.
  • Climate change is a particularly important issue to him and he supports President Obama’s recent emphasis on the issue.