Added Mar 15 2012
Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. at the Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave. and learn what you can do to save the Portage!
The Six Corners, Portage Park Neighborhood and Old Irving Park associations invite you to attend a community meeting in order to learn what you can do to support preserving this iconic theater.
WHAT IS AT STAKE?
Chicago Tabernacle would like to convert the theater into their worship space, remove the marquee, alter the auditorium, and eliminate the storefronts and half the apartments for offices and classrooms. You can find the recent Chicago Tribune story on the proposal here.
CHURCH RECONSIDERS PARTICIPATION IN ZONING REVIEW PROCESS
I have encouraged the Chicago Tabernacle to follow my zoning and special use permit process since last September. After I brought it up with them again last week, our office received a phone call this week from the Chicago Tabernacle indicating that they now intend to follow this more community-oriented development plan.
As the first step in that process, the church must submit documents indicating the extent of their plans to my office. Following that, I will meet with the church, and their plans will be reviewed by our community zoning advisory council. I will also ask the church to present their plans to the community at large.
The church has not yet submitted the required documents. The only indication we have that they will engage in this process is their word. Once they submit the documents, we will schedule the required meeting. I’ll let you know when that meeting is scheduled through this newsletter and our website.
OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE PORTAGE
There is significant support for preserving the historic Portage Theater from throughout the city and around the region.
Share your thoughts by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.