Ashland apartments scale down; liquor option on Augusta
East Village Association board minutes for Aug. 10, 2015, by Michael VanDam
Planning, Preservation and Development
1062 N. Ashland Ave.: Developer Mark Sutherland presented revised plans to build apartments behind the Ashland Church of God's existing façade. A smaller building would have 4 studios, 16 1-bedrooms and 13 2-bedroom apartments.
The developer agreed to provide the city-required 10% ratio of affordable housing, and will not buy out of the requirement. They may move one or two of the units offsite, but will keep them within the West Town community.
The proposal should go to the general EVA membership at the next meeting on Sept. 14.
1612 W. Chicago Ave.: The Shapiro Ballroom has announced plans to renovate the old Alvin Theater for a ballroom dance school and event space. Neal McKnight will reach out to see if we can help with any necessary permits or zoning changes.
1824 W. Augusta Blvd.: EVA sent a letter to Ed Marszewski of Golden Arms stating that we do not support a lift of the Augusta liquor moratorium. He is welcome to pursue the city-sanctioned process of obtaining the approval of 51% of registered voters living within 500 feet of the proposed location.Block Party
The East Village Block Party will be held noon to 7pm Saturday, Aug. 29, on Iowa between Wolcott and Honore. A bounce house, music, food and beer will be provided.Transit Oriented Development
Scott Rappe presented a plan to amend the proposed Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance to better protect historically significant buildings.