Meeting Notes: UVNA December Meeting, 2011

 

Stoplight Request at Chicago & Hoyne

The request for a stoplight at Hoyne & Chicago is one that goes back a couple of years in our neighborhood. You can read the minutes from our July 2011 membership meeting for more details of a conversation we had with the offices of the 1st and 32n wards.  The topic was brought up again this month in light of the ward redistricting.  Supposedly both wards have said they will each commit to 1/2 the budget for stoplight, from money from their own menu funds if CDOT does not fund it.  People continue to complain about the dangerous crossing for pedestrians at this intersection and we will check in with the Aldermen in January.

 

Proposed extension of the “Pedestrian Street” designation for Chicago Avenue

This news comes from our neighbors at the EVA.  1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waugespack are proposing to extend Chicago Avenue’s  “pedestrian street” designation from Ashland Avenue west to Damen Avenue. It now stops at Wood Street.  A pedestrian street in Chicago zoning parlance requires storefronts close to the sidewalk and bans strip malls, drive-through’s, auto lots, gas stations, car washes and self-storage warehouses. Division Street is a pedestrian street between Milwaukee and Leavitt.  We support the EVA and the Aldermen in this proposal and would like to suggest extending the pedestrian street designation all the way to Western Avenue.  We will follow up with the EVA.

 

Liquor License Requests in the 1st and 32nd Wards

There has been a lot of talk about two different businesses  located on the eastern edge of our neighborhood applying for permits to sell liquor. The  first location is the Augusta-Damen Food Mart on the NE corner of Augusta & Damen Avenues.  1st Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno lifted a package liquor sales moratorium that was in place along Damen Avenue from Division to Augusta, based on signatures collected by the Food Mart in favor of liquor sales at that location. This means that the establishment may now apply for a license to sell liquor.  More on the application process to follow.

The second location that has supposedly shown interest in selling package liquor is the new Red Apple convenience store at the corner of Chicago & Damen.  As of this meeting, they had not yet applied for a license.

According to the City of Chicago’s website (and also summarized nicely on Everyblock.com) an establishment must apply for a license and go through the following notification process:

  • Within 5 days of the application file date, the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is required to notify all of the registered voters residing within 250 ft. of the proposed business location by mail.
  • The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection is responsible for sending notice to the alderman and the police district commander.
  • The Department of Revenue will publish a legal notice in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the city, four times over a two-week period
  • The public has the opportunity to provide comments or submit written objections to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The public has 40 days to submit comments and/or written objections.
  • No liquor license will be issued until the public comment period has expired. The public comment period ends 45 days after the application is filed.

As far as we know, neither establishment has filed any application.  We will bring this topic up for discussion at the next UVNA meeting, possibly with representatives from either or both businesses, in January, and if applications are filed before that time we will inform all UVNA members.

 

Blue Recycling Bins

We’ve been told that our neighborhood will be part of a pilot program beginning in January , to test out private-company recycling with Waste Management. We’ll let you know more when we hear more.

 

Building Permit Review for 2112 W. Haddon

We will follow up with the folks who are interested in making some changes to this address to allow for a handicap entrance and hope that we can review their plans at the January meeting.

 

Ukrainian Village/Preservation Chicago Spring Church Walk

We met with some enthusiastic folks from Preservation Chicago at Alderman Moreno’s Thursday night event at Boundary a couple of weeks ago, and discussed the possibility of hosting an architectural tour of our neighborhood churches sometime next spring or summer.  They were interested in co-sponsoring this event with us – lots of great ideas.  We would like to get a committee together to meet with Preservation Chicago and organize a small walking tour of our historic churches.  If you would be interested in helping out in any small way in such an event, please send an email to secretary@uvna.org and let us know.

 

Winter All-Neighborhoods Party

We’ve reached out to the various neighborhood associations that border Ukrainian Village to see who is interested is trying to gather all of together for a little social get-together. The response has been good,  but we have not yet set a date, time , or place.  More to come!

 

Helping out with the UVNA

The UVNA is a small neighborhood organization made up of volunteers. We’re always looking for people who are interested in getting more involved in their neighborhood, and can use help organize events, work on the newsletter,  or the event calendar on the website,  etc.  If you’re interested in volunteering with the UVNA drop us a line at info@uvna.org

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