Apartments will rehab Ashland office building


Jay Keller of Space Architects + Planners presents plans for 1038 N. Ashland Ave.

East Village Association minutes for Jan. 9, 2017, by Stephen Rynkiewicz

East Village Association members unanimously backed plans to convert offices to apartments at 1038 N. Ashland Ave.

Honore Holdings founder Michael Schenouda plans to convert the MIS Computer Corp. office building to 18 apartments and a property management office. Architect Jay Keller of Space Architects + Planners says renovations will keep the red-brick exterior intact.

Architectural renderings call for 2 studio, 12 1-bedroom and 4 2-bedroom apartments, ranging from 424 to 915 square feet. Large windows would be restored along Ashland Avenue, with additional windows replacing the spray-painted mural along Cortez Street.

East Village 2016 year in review


EVA has championed redevelopment of St. Boniface Church since it closed in 1990.

East Village is a magnet for young professionals and the developers who follows them. EVA's most popular posts of 2016 follow the progress of St. Boniface, Pure Dairy, Ace on Ashland and other developments.

Neighbors fight new St. Boniface apartment plan

March 31: Neighbors of St. Boniface organized to save St. Boniface Church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. A threat to raze the church drew new interest in preserving the site, an EVA goal since the church closed in 1990. Stas Development finally stalled demolition in a last-minute deal to buy the site. An open house this coming Tuesday will preview the construction timeline for condos and a music hall.

Planning, Preservation & Development

Ongoing: Expansion of Chicago's Transit Oriented Development rules, which waives parking space requirements near rail lines, drew contractors to EVA's development guidelines, which discourage one-off zoning changes.