Guest speaker for Monday's meeting is Matthew Sharp, who's leading Friends of Wells. The new group plans to connect students to West Town businesses for vocational apprenticeships by this fall. It has Wells administration support and is looking for ways to to work with EVA.
East Village Association members will vote Monday for the group's president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Additional nominations will be accepted before the vote. Meet your neighbors and take part at 7pm in the Happy Village, 1959 N. Wolcott Ave.
These people have volunteered for this year's EVA board of directors.
McKnight's practice focuses on insurance coverage disputes and commercial litigation. This background provides him with a unique understanding of Chicago’s diverse communities and the culture of Chicago’s legal community. The Tulane University law graduate is a member of the Illinois bar, the trial bar for United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the bar of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Dan Johnson, vice president – I've been an East Village resident for the last two years since my wife, Julia, and I bought a house on Winchester built more than a century ago. We've a 2-year-old daughter who enjoys walking around the neighborhood, playing at Commercial Park and eating lunch at the local restaurants. We're expecting another baby girl in April and look forward to strolling through East Village with another family member.
We lived in Lakeview for years and moved to East Village for a number of reasons, including the short commute to the Loop, the unique character of the architecture, the vibrancy created by the different businesses, the mature trees and the walking distance to a pizza place, gelato store, supermarket or bakery. I'm interested in preserving and enhancing the qualities of the neighborhood, both food and non-food related, that drew us here.
I'm a graduate of Amherst College and Northwestern University law school and I'm a litigation partner at a law firm. I grew up in New Jersey and have lived in Chicago for 13 years. That's long enough to learn a great deal about the city, but not long enough to develop an efficient approach to snow shoveling.
I moved to East Village just over two years ago and I’ve grown to love this neighborhood for its mix of inhabitants and blend of architecture. Serving on the EVA board has left me with a deep sense of appreciation for EVA’s role in shaping the neighborhood.presentation to members about the federal environmental assessment process for the Ashland Bus Rapid Transit plan.
She was born and raised in Michigan, and attended college in New York and law school in Chicago. She's worked as an environmental attorney for more than 22 years in Chicago (1991-95, 2002-present), New York (1995-98) and Boston (1998-2002). She lives near Augusta & Wood with her jazz-guitarist husband Paul Kogut, their dog (Sparky) and two cats (Honey & Trixie). She takes fastidious notes at every opportunity.
Chicago History Book Club
Please join us at the West Town Branch at 6:30pm Tuesday, March 4 as we discuss City of Scoundrels: The Twelve Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago by Gary Krist.
The Chicago History Book Club explores the city’s history through reading and discussing books on events, themes, time periods and personalities that have contributed to making Chicago what it is today. If you cannot join us this time, please stop by the branch to pick-up our next book, The Division Street Princess: A Memoir by Elaine Soloway.Letter Writers Alliance: Fountain pen workshop
Get to know all the tips and tricks of fountain pens at 6:30pm Thursday, March 20 with our friends from the Letter Writers Alliance.
This workshop will walk you through the best type of pen for each writing style, tricks to refilling, good inks and taking care of your nib. Feel free to bring in your own fountain pen or try out our demonstration pens. All skill levels welcomed. This workshop is free but registration is required, so please call us at 312-743-0450 or drop by to sign up.
The second selection in our ongoing POV Documentary Series is High Tech, Low Life, which follows two of China's first citizen-reporters as they document the underside of the country’s rapid economic development. This film will be shown at the West Town Branch at 6pm on Tuesday, March 25.
Please join us throughout the year for these screenings which feature thoughtful, award-winning documentaries on a variety of topics and current events.POV films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 32 Emmys, 15 George Foster Peabody Awards, 11 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards.
Every screening will take place on the last Tuesday of each month at 6pm, and will conclude with a brief discussion of the film and issues it raises.Adult book discussion
At 6:30pm Thursday, March 27, we will be discussing the award-winning work The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Plenty of copies are available for check out at West Town.
Submitted by Meghan Quinn
Forbidden Root, 1746 W. Chicago Ave.
Rather than lift the liquor moratorium in place, Forbidden Root is pursuing a change in city ordinance that would allow package and carryout sales of their beer as incidental to production onsite. The ordinance has already been introduced to city council and put into committee, so the process is underway – more info to come.
Neal McKnight has been working with FR’s attorney, Rolando Acosta, on the C-1 zoning and Plan of Operations. There is a preliminary Plan of Operations being circulated, and some issues such as truck loading still need to be detailed further. McKnight will continue to work with Acosta and present more information to the general membership at the March 3 EVA meeting.1822-50 W. Chicago Ave., Steve Fifield
In response to EVA’s inquiry into the possibility of a Commercial Park expansion, Fifield has stated that he will not sell the property. Ronda Locke will make a presentation to the Chicago Park District regarding the expansion idea. EVA is still within its agreed upon 90 day period to explore the feasibility of the plan.
More homeowners and landlords will pay city improvement taxes in a planned business district expansion. Residents can ask questions in a meeting Wednesday from 6 to 8pm at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, 2320 W. Chicago Ave.
Representatives of the West Town Special Service Area 29 will be on hand. The East Village Association and Ald. Proco Joe Moreno are sponsoring the meeting, and EVA encourages all residents to attend.
Two-thirds of properties in the district are residential, according to an SSA consultant. It estimates that the SSA tax for a condo owner with a $70,000 equalized assessed property value would total $366 a year. Details are in the SSA 29 presentation.
EVA has been seeking an agreement on the level of service residents should expect from the district, and easier access to financial information.
The majority of its $572,000 budget for 2015 covers extra trash pickup and other maintenance, aesthetics and facade improvements. Administration accounts for 27%.
East Village Association membership meeting minutes, February 3, 2014
Submitted by KK Goh
- Clarification by Neal McKnight that there is no adversarial relationship between EVA and Forbidden Root. Forbidden Root had initially approached EVA to request lifting liquor moratorium. EVA requested Forbidden Root to consider historical issues in the neighborhood and to consider alternative measures. Forbidden Root was receptive to working with EVA to discuss alternatives.
- In last public meeting, Forbidden Root suggested that first step will be to push for a legislative change on liquor licenses that are incidental to a brewery business, and if that fails the brewer might request lifting the current moratorium.
- The brewery requested an opportunity to present plans for a Chicago Avenue zoning change (C1 with restrictions) and ordinance change (incidental liquor sales), complying with the license moratorium.
- Attorney from Forbidden Root will send an updated proposal in a few weeks. EVA will publish on its website when available.
- Forbidden Root also offered to present plans of operation for EVA review.
- EVA has traditionally tried to push for consistent B zoning restriction to avoid heavy commercial enterprises such as car washes.