Ashland liquor gets EVA consent


Paulette Lombardi of Market Select, 912 N. Ashland.

East Village Association membership meeting
August 7, 2017
Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

By Michelle Hayward

Michael VanDam called the community meeting to order.

Business Minute

Sabroso Mexican Grill opened 3 weeks ago at 941 N. Damen. The restaurant is BYOB and awaiting a liquor license, said co-owner : Luis Escobar.

Market Select

Currently there is a liquor moratorium on Ashland between Augusta and Chicago. A similar pause on licenses was lifted four years ago on an adjoining stretch of Ashland for a similar concept, Garden Gourmet, 1130 N. Ashland Ave., under a plan of operation approved by EVA. Today, there is a request for a lift of the moratorium specifically regarding incidental packaged-goods sales.

The local market concept for 912 N. Ashland, presented by Paulette Lombardi, is called Market Select and is focused on everyday needs with some packaged beer and wine. It would follow the same plan of operation under which Garden Gourmet is currently operating.

EVA membership has voted not to oppose.


Members mingle on the Happy Village patio.

820 N. Damen

Liquid Living has proposed a burger/shake restaurant to take over the Grace Auto space on the west side of Damen. There will be a discussion hosted by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association on Aug. 10 at Columbus School (between Leavitt and Hoyne) at 6pm to foster a discussion. Ald. Brian Hopkins will be present to hear comments.

The proposed property is surrounded on 3 sides by residential buildings. Both EVA and UVA are collaborating to give voice to those that are most impacted by the proposal.

Planning, Preservation and Development

835 N. Wolcott: EVA PPD is working with the alderman and planning commission for plans.

CAPS

West Town Public Safety Committee: Anne Shaw, chair and representative for West Town Public Safety Council, was present to share the mission of this newly formed collaboration of neighborhood organizations. 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

Shaw provided an update on the block party where several police officers attended and discussed issues in the neighborhoods.

EVA has made a formal request to replace police Cmdr. Edward Kulbida when he is on medical leave. Schools/Parks

LaSalle II: The magnet school at 1148 N. Honore St. is seeking nominations for Local School Council elections.

Field of Hope: Athletic field construction continues at Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave. Rita Raichoudhuri will leave as principal to run the Chicago Public Schools' college support office.

Polish Triangle: The Polish Triangle Coalition is working with Bugaj Architects on plans to improve the plaza. August's after-work performance schedule is all jazz and blues.

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