By Robert Zwolinski
Neighbors on Chestnut Street received a letter for pre-demolition of St. Boniface Church. However, the court last week extended a hold on demolition for one month. The current owner has not agreed to the demolition. The current owner is not aware of the letter and is in talks with the Chicago Academy of Music to sell the church.
If anyone see's construction trucks outside the church please notify all members of Neighbors of St. Bonface, the academy, Michael Skoulsky or myself so we can contact the owner and the police.
The East Village Association has been facilitating discussions on adaptive reuse of the church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. Builder Skoulsky gave an early proposal at EVA's June 6 meeting.
The music school's plans include 15 large condo units within the church and 19 to 22 condos in a new four-story structure on Chestnut Street, according to the Saint Boniface Info website.
A four-story building on the Noble Street side would include two small commercial units and music classrooms on the first floor, 8 studio apartments for academy use on the second floor and a small auditorium on the third and fourth floors.