East Village Association representatives will meet Monday with Ald. Proco Joe Moreno and the developers of 1601 W. Division.
The discussion may range beyond the fate of the former Pizza Hut property. In a telephone call Aug. 2 with EVA president Greg Nagel, Ald. Moreno contested the group's review process and noted that the alderman doesn't necessarily need to work with EVA on zoning issues.
The alderman is correct. Community groups in Chicago have no official standing on development issues. The local alderman has wide discretion in reviewing zoning changes in his or her ward. The City Council generally defers to the alderman's opinion, but the Council approves all zoning changes.