East Village 2017 in review: Updates on top stories
In addition, EVA news posts throughout the year reflect community interest in development, public safety and other issues. Most-read posts of 2017 suggest what has attracted neighbors' interest. Here are the top posts with updates on where things stand:
- Restaurant plan shakes Damen neighbors: Plans for a burger bar at 820 N. Damen Ave., now an auto mechanic's garage, have not progressed since an August hearing. Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) proposed and the City Council approved a moratorium on new tavern and packaged-goods licenses along Damen Avenue, from Chicago Avenue to Augusta Boulevard. Restaurants are not affected. The license freeze also covers Chicago Avenue from Leavitt Street to Damen.
- Foxtrot Market scouts Division Street site, seeks end to packaged goods moratorium: Division Street's longstanding package-goods moratorium ended in a City Council action sponsored by Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward). The Foxtrot delivery service now plans to open a store at 1722 W. Division St.
- Apartments will rehab Ashland office building: Work is under way to covert the MIS Computer Corp. office building at 1038 N. Ashland Ave. to 18 apartments and a property management office.
- EVA joins in Noble-Walton objections: Plans have re-emerged for apartments on the north side of Walton Street. A community meeting is scheduled for 6pm Jan. 3 at Northwestern Settlement House, 1012 N. Noble St.
- EVA seeks Moreno support for Wells language academy: Chicago Public Schools rejected a plan for a citywide college preparatory program in foreign languages at Wells Community Academy High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave.
- Dial down single-family upzoning: EVA board: A property at 1538 W. Thomas St. was sold in December, according to multiple-listing records.In November, the city changed its zoning to RM-4.5. The EVA board had opposed a more aggressive upzone.
- East Village Association officers 2017-2018: EVA officers change every April, but 2017 saw midterm replacements for Peter Gariepy as treasurer and Daniel Navarro as secretary.
- Parents' bid for Wells language academy gets EVA support: Former Wells High School principal Rita Raichoudhuri now heads Chicago schools' guidance and special academic programs.
- Public safety: Let your voice be heard on crime Thursday: Hopkins circulated petitions at yearend aimed at reopening the former 13th District station at 937 N. Wood St. Hopkins and Moreno signed EVA's pledge to work toward returning a Chicago police presence there by September 2018.
- Ben Wolf, candidate for Congress, speaks to EVA: Incumbent Rep. Mike Quigley was July's featured speaker; other candidate visits and a planned meet-and greet event will precede the March 20 primary.