Hopkins rejects Red Apple plan

East Village Association board minutes for Dec. 12, 2016, by Daniel Navarro

January meeting

Date moving to 9th from the 2nd; board meeting to move to the subsequent Monday.

Red Apple

Ald. Hopkins to deny liquor license but will not stop applicant from going forward with for applying or putting up a business.

PP&D update

1038 N. Ashland: Owner is selling to a management company. Will develop upper 2 floors to residential, will need a zoning change. 18 units over 2.5 floors. Type 1 zoning change. Looking to add residential to first floor. Will make a formal presentation to EVA on Jan 9.

920 N. Paulina: Residential building midblock, all area is R2-4. Would like to add a garden rental in basement, is requesting upzone for that one parcel. They will come on the 16th to the next board meeting.

Augusta Dairy, 1936-44 W. Augusta: At landmark hearing this week, apartment plan was denied, perhaps because of design. Did get a conditional demolition permit.

Club Foot apartments moving forward at 824 W. Augusta Blvd. but ran into contention with landmark due to structural damage to front porch.

Starbucks apartments at 1701 W. Division moving forward but will be later.

Rain Ready recap

Idea dump of how to solve flooding in West Town area. Urban flooding in Chicago cost from 2007-2011 = $735 million. Currently no resources assigned due to not being in a flood plain. What are opportunities in West Town to incorporate solutions in flooding? Ideas from attendees: educate & Implement viable options as individuals; create more green space; assess and update infrastructure; solicit municpal action.

Center for Neighborhood Technology states that as EVA, we can join their cause, they can come to our meeting to educate the members, if enough interest is generated within the community, they will send someone out to perform an assessment and offer recommendations to help with urban flooding.

New business

Art gallery committee could create outreach to residents to purchase or take advantage of what the galleries are offering. Perhaps have an event in the bathhouse space. Become a co-sponsor of the art walk. Open up business memberships, perhaps offer free year if join. Neal to approach Michelle at bathhouse to discuss event. Look into asking artists and galleries if they are interested.

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