Apr 01 2016

Neighbors fight new St. Boniface apartment plan

Closed since 1990, the former Roman Catholic Church at 1358 W. Chestnut St. could be razed for a six-story, 40-apartment building and four townhouses. Or not.

Neighbors of St. Boniface are fighting to preserve the Romanesque church, constructed in 1902-04. They drew 65 people to a March 31 community meeting at Northwestern Settlement, 1400 W. Augusta Blvd., to discuss a new round of talks with Carefree Development, who took over the property in 2013.

Mar 07 2016

March showdown for Leona's teardown

A city ledger logs building inspections for a dairy at 1936-44 Augusta.

In the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I found a card file entry for "enclosing the space between two buildings" at 1942 W. Augusta and a 1930 ledger items for bricklaying and roof work spanning 1936-44 W. Augusta.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: March showdown for Leona's teardown
    Volunteers are making a last push to preserve a longtime dairy and restaurant building before the City Council acts on a demolition request. Ald. Brian Hopkins has deferred action on a demolition permit at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd., but chief of staff Steve Niketopoulos says without new information March 16 vote is likely.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Mar 07 2016

East Village Association officers 2016-2017

The vote is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Nominations will be taken from the second floor.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: East Village Association officers 2016-2017
    Daniel Johnson is slated for a second term as president of the East Village Association, with secretary Michael VanDam moving up to vice president. The vote is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. Nominations will be taken from the second floor.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Mar 02 2016

EVA supports transit-oriented Ace on Ashland condos

Brian Foote introduced the team behind the proposed new transit-oriented development replacing the Ace Hardware at 1013 N. Ashland Ave. The group had previously met with the EVA board and has integrated most suggestions into the revised plans.

Scott Floersheimer, owner of Cleos, spoke about his application for a late-night liquor license at 1935 W. Chicago Ave.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: EVA supports transit-oriented Ace on Ashland condos
    Architect John Hanna presents the Ace on Ashland condominium plan. East Village Association minutes for Feb. 1, 2016, by Michael VanDam Ace Hardware Building Brian Foote introduced the team behind the proposed new transit-oriented development replacing the Ace Hardware at 1013 N. Ashland Ave.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Mar 02 2016

Chicago Avenue license would lift liquor moratorium

Windy City Mini Market, 1756 W. Chicago Ave., would like to receive a liquor license to sell wine and beer. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno referred the owner to EVA to discuss the plan, and the owner replied to an EVA questionnaire.

...concern that EVA had not issued a strong position opposing a late-night license at 1935 W. Chicago Ave. Discussion revolved around the fact that Cleos' management had not asked for EVA support and...

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Brian Foote sent the developers at 1013 N Ashland Ave. the “no opposition” letter confirming the vote at the previous EVA general meeting.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Chicago Avenue license would lift liquor moratorium
    Windy City Mini Market seeks to lift a freeze on new Chicago Avenue package-goods licenses. East Village Association board minutes for Feb. 8, 2016, by Michael VanDam Windy City Mini Market Windy City Mini Market, 1756 W. Chicago Ave., would like to receive a liquor license to sell wine and beer.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Feb 09 2016

Updated Feb 10 2016

Where to comment on Cleos hours

121 N. La Salle St., 8th Floor

2740 W. North Ave.

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1400 N. Ashland Ave.

1412 S. Blue Island Ave.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Where to comment on Cleos hours
    The city's comment period ends this week for Cleos' 4am liquor license application. Managing partner Scott Floersheimer made presentations Feb. 1 to the East Village Association and Jan. 19 to Chicago Grand Neighbors Association. Neither group took an advisory vote; both encourage raising concerns directly with city authorities.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

  • Whats with Greg Nagel's face always plastered on East Village Association posts? Yes he was a president and all just seems strange.

  • Peter -- pretty sure it's a function of EVA's relatively old publishing platform. Greg is a sponsor, so the bots seem to just pick up his photo with the story.

  • Thanks for the clarification

Feb 02 2016

Developer resurrects St. Boniface housing

Cleos late-night liquor application: Scott Floersheimer, owner of the bar at 1935 W, Chicago Ave., is scheduled to appear Jan. 19 with the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association and at the Feb. 1 EVA meeting. CAPS

St. Boniface: Carefree Development Corp., which was going to develop senior housing at 1358 W. Chestnut St., is now looking to sell the church property to a developer with experience in historic preservation for market-rate housing. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. supports the process.

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Meeting called to order at 7:08pm at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Developer resurrects St. Boniface housing
    East Village Association minutes for Jan. 4, 2016, by Michael VanDam Business minute Peter Gariepy, a local accountant, recently opened a branch of a small St. Louis-based accounting firm in the neighborhood. Specializing in bookkeeping, tax return prep and payroll for small businesses, Rajesh C.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Feb 02 2016

Neighborhood school head count slips

Cleos' application for a 4am liquor license has been submitted. That implies signatures have been collected from 50% of registered voters living within 500 feet of the establishment at 1935 W. Chicago Ave.

Brian Foote has requested additional information about the project at 1023 N. Ashland Ave. Developers of the former Ace Hardware site should be prepared to present plans at the Feb. 1 EVA general meeting. Schools

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Stephen Rynkiewicz discussed the recent Chicago Public Schools utilization figures. Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave., is at just 33% of capacity. LaSalle II magnet school, Otis and Talcott are under...

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Neighborhood school head count slips
    East Village Association board minutes for Jan. 11, 2016, by Michael VanDam Cleos late-night license Cleos' application for a 4am liquor license has been submitted. That implies signatures have been collected from 50% of registered voters living within 500 feet of the establishment at 1935 W. Chicago Ave.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Feb 01 2016

EVA members review Ace on Ashland condo plan

Developers of a condominium building will ask EVA members Monday to support a zoning change at the former Ace Hardware site, 1023 N. Ashland Ave.

A vote is planned after the developer's presentation, at 7pm in Happy Village, 1058 N. Wolcott Ave.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: EVA members review Ace on Ashland condo plan
    The construction fence shows a building design for the former Ace Hardware site. Developers of a condominium building will ask EVA members Monday to support a zoning change at the former Ace Hardware site, 1023 N. Ashland Ave. Owner Ross Babel plans a new four-story building with first-floor commercial-retail tenants and 33 condo units.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Feb 01 2016

West Town school enrollment falls short: CPS report

Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave., is at one-third capacity, the report says. The neighborhood high school for East Village is angling for designation as a citywide language academy to fill classrooms. Nearby Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave., was rated only 24% full.

Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave., is at one-third capacity, the report says. The neighborhood high school for East Village is angling for designation as a citywide language academy to fill classrooms. Nearby Clemente High School, 1147 N. Western Ave., was rated only 24% full.

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Peabody School in East Village was one of the shuttered schools; its annex at 1434 W. Augusta Blvd. is now Rowe Middle School, a charter school run by Northwestern Settlement. The report labels...

...a charter school run by Northwestern Settlement. The report labels Rowe's main campus at 1424 N. Cleaver St. the only West Town school seen as overcrowded, running at 124% of capacity...

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: West Town school enrollment falls short: CPS report
    West Town schools don't have enough students, according to a Chicago Public Schools assessment, with 11 of 16 schools considered "underutilized." Wells High School, 936 N. Ashland Ave., is at one-third capacity, the report says. The neighborhood high school for East Village is angling for designation as a citywide language academy to fill classrooms. Nearby Clemente High School, 1147 N.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Jan 18 2016

Meetings review Cleos late-night license

The Cleos street view extends from 1935 W. Chicago Ave. to the building next door.

Cleos managing partner Scott Floersheimer will make a 6:30pm presentation at Output lounge, 1758 W. Grand. CGNA president Lyn Wolfson suggests that neighbors who cannot come can send email with questions or comments.

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Floersheimer also will speak at the East Village Association's next meeting, 7pm Feb. 1 at Happy Village, 1059 N. Wolcott Ave. CGNA and EVA share a Chicago Avenue boundary.

...from irresponsible operators. Floersheimer noted that Cleos has bought the vacant building next door at 1939 W. Chicago Ave. but said he has no plans for the property. Signs promoting the Cleos patio and...

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Meetings review Cleos late-night license
    A late-night license at Cleos pub, 1935 W. Chicago Ave., comes up for an advisory vote at Tuesday's meeting of the Chicago Grand Neighbors Association. Cleos managing partner Scott Floersheimer will make a 6:30pm presentation at Output lounge, 1758 W. Grand. CGNA president Lyn Wolfson suggests that neighbors who cannot come can send email with questions or comments.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Jan 04 2016

Building may incorporate Leona's storefront

Leona’s update: While the Landmark Commission did not designate the Leona’s property at 1936-44 W. Augusta Blvd. as significant and contributing to the East Village district, Ald. Brian Hopkins continues to work...

...Oriented Development guidelines to build condominiums on the site of the old Ashland Ace Hardware, 1013 N Ashland Ave., and would like the property upzoned. They will present their proposal to the EVA board...

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...at least 50% of all registered voters living within 500 feet of the location at 1935 W. Chicago Ave. The establishment is actively canvassing for signatures. EVA leaders will be meeting with Chicago Grand...

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: Building may incorporate Leona's storefront
    East Village Association minutes for Dec. 7, 2015, by Michael VanDam Business Minute Aussie Pet Mobile provides mobile pet grooming services to the larger West Town area. In addition to offering his services, owner Tim Shannon is looking for experienced groomers to join his team.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

Jan 04 2016

East Village issues, from taverns to transit

Posts on the Club Foot site at 1824 W. Augusta Blvd., including audio of Moreno's comments, drew links from Facebook groups, EveryBlock, DNAinfo and Chicagoist.

...hotspot, and community votes approved of exceptions such as the Forbidden Root taproom planned for 1746 W. Chicago Ave.

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On EVA's Facebook page, members debated a wider variety of planning and preservation issues. Notable discussions revolved around the Chicago Avenue streetscape, West Town crime and the closed Leona's restaurant building at 1936 W. Augusta Blvd.

    East Village Association | West Town Chicago: East Village issues, from taverns to transit
    A feisty exchange between East Village Association members and a local alderman drew wide interest in 2015. Efforts to reopen the Club Foot bar drew a crowd to EVA's September meeting. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno expanded the debate, saying he'd consider opening East Village to new tavern licenses.
    http://news.eastvillagechicago.org

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