EVA joins in Noble-Walton objections


EVA members voted to support the Eckhart Park Community Council in its objections to rezoning for apartments at Noble and Walton.

By Michelle Hayward

East Village Association membership meeting
May 1, 2017
Happy Village
1059 N. Wolcott Ave.



President’s Welcome

Michael VanDam call the May 1 meeting to order. Michael announced his objective to engage local businesses in EVA. To that end, Michael invited several local businesses to discuss their summer camp offerings with the membership.

Business Minute: Summer Vacation Special Edition
  • City Epicurean Cake Camp: City Epicurean is run by Naomi Levine. Located at Grand/Oakland they focus on cake decorating vs. cooking with the goal of fun and engaging kids' creativity. $135 for 5 days, 9a - 5p. The camp will run weekly sessions for 8 weeks. Discounts for the second sibling and third. Two age groups: 4-9 and 9-18.
  • West Loop Soccer Club: West Loop Soccer club has opened a West Town location two weeks ago. They are offering spring camps at Commercial Park. The summer camps will run indoor during June, July and August from 9a-4p.
  • School of Rock: Representatives were present to share the programs run by the newly opened School of Rock location in Chicago. Summer camps will run 9-3p in July and running into August. Kids 8-18. Kids do need familiarity with their instrument. Camps will be a different theme each week. $450 for a week-long camp.
  • Eckhart Park: Eckhart Park offers quite a few camps this summer!
    • 6 week day camp ages 6-12 starting June 26-Aug. 4, 10a-4p
    • Leadership camp for ages 13-16 starting June 26-Aug. 4
    • Sports camps for ages 8-13 starting June 26-Aug. 4
    • Day camps for ages 8+
    Note: As camps are filling up quickly, registration is no longer open online. Please call the park. In addition Elkhart Park is offering general family activities and summer programs. May 11 is the fundraiser; July 1 is the bike parade. End of July into August, many family-friendly events to be announced.
  • Commercial Park: Offering several day camp options, including a basketball program starting at 4 years old.

A lot adjoining the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America would make way for 160 apartments.
PP&D Updates

Marq at Noble Square: EVA Support of Eckhart Park Community Council:

  • Marquette Development has proposed a new development called Marq at Noble Square at Noble and Walton. The development is proposed at 5 stories, 160 units and 122 parking spaces. EPCC has sent a letter stating they are opposed. EVA membership unanimously voted to support EPCC's stance to oppose this aggressive proposal.
  • Neal McKnight recalled the history of the proposal, scaling over 10 stories and a service entrance off Noble. The location is outside the Transit Oriented Development district. The vast majority of the units are small, under 800 sq ft.
  • One of our PP&D concerns is that there are many small rentals being proposed for the neighborhood. Eckhart Park is concerned that it doesn't represent the neighborhood with mixed units and it heightens congestion. This has an impact on future development in the neighborhood.
  • Marquette Development is requesting a zoning change to B2-3 first and then would like to commit to what they will do.
  • EPCC is taking the lead on this.

PP&D has received a request from Ald. Brian Hopkins' office at 1538 W. Thomas. There is a proposed zoning change to this building. More information forthcoming.

Augusta dairy, 1936 W. Augusta Blvd., went through Landmarks Commission and further changes were requested. More information forthcoming.

Goldblatt's building continues to have scaffolding along the sidewalk at 1025 W. Chicago Ave.

West Town Public Safety Council

Anne Shaw, chair and representative for West Town Public Safety Council, was present to share the mission of this newly formed collaboration between the neighborhood communities. Boundaries for the group are the former 13th district and cover the 4 neighborhood associations:

  • West Town Neighbors Association
  • Chicago Grand Neighbors Association
  • Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association
  • East Village Association

First meeting will be Saturday, May 20 from 1-4p. Location will be announced. 4 committees have been created—we are inviting the community to sign up for committee roles. Shaw passed a sign up sheet for announcements.

New Business

Elkhart Park Spring Swing Fundraiser. Elkhart Park is raising money for umpire training in addition to other needs, 7-9pm Thursday, May 11, at Shapiro Ballroom, 1612 W. Chicago Ave. Tickets at http//tinyurl.com/EPSpringSwing2017.

Rep. Mike Quigley's associate stopped by to offer brochures that outlines services.

The Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association president was in attendance. The Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association holds meetings the third Thursday of every month at 6:30pm in the back room of J&M Tap, 957 N. Leavitt.

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