Polish Triangle reset; Ace Hardware condos

Detroit's Michael Melis Trio performs in July at the Polish Triangle.

East Village Association board minutes for Nov. 9, 2015, by Michael VanDam

December Membership Meeting

Catherine Garypie suggested the Aussie Pet Mobile dog-grooming service as a potential Business Minute for the Dec. 7 meeting.

Polish Triangle Coalition

Neal McKnight said EVA needs a new liaison to the Polish Triangle Coalition planning committee. This could be a rotating position, with a different EVA rep attending when available.

Stephen Rynkiewicz will help draft bylaws for the group, which has been operating through Friends of the Parks. The East Village Association is a founding member of the coalition, which sponsors summer performances at Division, Ashland and Milwaukee.

Planning, Preservation & Development

Leona’s closes: Catherine Garypie, Scott Rappe, McKnight and Rynkiewicz went to a Chicago Landmarks Commission meeting, unsuccessfully attempting to block a demolition permit at 1944-46 W. Augusta Blvd. They were joined by Ald. Brian Hopkins. We are still seeking documentation for the provenance of the building.

Ace Hardware: Developers of a condo complex at 1011-23 N Ashland initially planned to build within current zoning, but now are requesting permission to build a bit bigger at the longtime hardware-store site. They would like an upzone, presumably to take advantage of the new Transit Oriented Development ordinance that cuts parking requirements.

1531 W. Haddon: The buyer continues to claim she was misled about the zoning of the purchased property and would like EVA’s endorsement of a zoning change. EVA does not feel it should be involved in this issue.

Meeting was called to order at 6:33pm. Attendance: Rich Anselmo, Gladys Alcazar Anselmo, Elaine Coorens. Brian Foote, Catherine Garypie, Marjorie Isaacson, Dan Johnson, Jordan Marie, Neal McKnight, Daniel Navarro, Scott Rappe, Stephen Rynkiewicz.

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