Starbucks building plans to add apartments

Tenants parking would be reduced for more apartments at 1701 W. Division St.

East Village Association board minutes for Nov. 14, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

West Town Bakery is now closing some days at 7pm for winter hours, so board meetings need new location.

Planning, Preservation & Development

855 N. Wolcott: Demolition permit, sold last month as a teardown. The caveat is that the neighbor's fire escape prevents a "regular" build, would have to work around the landing. Has to go through the landmark commission, will ask the developer to submit plans to EVA first.

1038 N. Ashland: In meeting at the Winchester, owner was trying to sell the building; seems to think incorrectly that developers believe EVA would be opposed to any development. Looking for a zoning change from a B1-2 to a B1-3.

1701 W. Division: Date not yet set for presentation to members on expansion of Starbucks building. Still waiting for drawings. Initially seemed OK, but parking and access are issues. Transit Oriented Development incentives would allow more residential units.

2000 W. Chicago: Dan will send draft position on Red Apple liquor license. West Town Chamber of Commerce has come out against it, is sending a letter as well saying that will consider a liquor license if has a successful one year run as a grocery store and panini stand. Neal asked if anyone has reached out to the commander reiterating what was sent out to the previous commander; Dan to email Suzy to see if she can. Looking for a response from Ald. Brian Hopkins.

Damen-Chicago store seeks liquor license to reopen

Red Apple Convenience, 2000 W. Chicago Ave, was denied a liquor license in 2012.

East Village Association minutes for Nov. 7, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

Red Apple

The Red Apple convenience store at Damen and Chicago avenues fought for a liquor license three years ago. Owner was denied in appellate court, reapplied 2 months ago with new liquor commissioner under new alderman in 2nd Ward. Owner came to Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association with new business idea named Olive Branch, an upscale store with gourmet sandwiches and paninis.

No plan on reopening settled issue but if the proposal changes will bring it to general membership. Suzi Wahl has a packet with testimony and business violations of the owners, dropped off all 177 letters in protest from previous attempt to Ald. Brian Hopkins: "Every single person at community meeting was against it but Hopkins still has not came out against." If you want more information contact Suzi Wahl. She's unsure how vacant store is paying rent, wants more information.

Elaine: Hopkins has said that owner came with a plan, but did not share details. Keith: Can we get Hopkins here? Tom: Suzi at the meeting made it abundantly clear that our answer to license request is no. Michael: If members are against the license, an email to Hopkins is worthwhile. Stephen: Generally we are being asked to grant licenses without neighbors' participation. Suzi: The main reason for the denial was law enforcement. Michael: We don't want Ald. Hopkins to ignore then pass the license. Tom: Ald. Hopkins did make it clear that he was not the final say, that it was the liquor commissioner's decision.