UVNA November 2012 Meeting Notes

Thursday November 15th, 2012 – 6:30pm, St. Helen School Cafeteria

Officers and UVNA Board Members in attendance:

  • President:  Paul Matwyshyn
  • Vice President: Harriet Siller
  • Treasurer:  Marc Diamond
  • Secretary: Samantha Arnold
  • Board Members:  Patrick Danaher, George Matwyshyn


Energy Impact Illinois Presentation

We had a presentation by Leslie Proudfoot about the limited-time rebate available to homeowners of up to $1750. The rebate is for the most cost effective and permanent energy efficiency improvements: air sealing and insulating.  You are eligible for the program if you have service from Peoples or North Shore Gas, or a Nicor Gas or ComEd customer, and are an owner of a single-family home or 2-4 unit building.  Along with the rebates, there are low-interest loans available as well.  Call 1-855-9-IMPACT or check out www.EnergyImpactIllinois.org for more information.

Update:  West Town SSA 

The West Town SSA reconstitution and expansion process from SSA #29 to SSA #57 with new boundaries was stopped due to vocal opposition by residents to the effect that the Aldermen pulled their support. According to a recent West Town Chamber of Commerce newsletter  “the City of Chicago Department of Law feared a lawsuit due to this vocal minority and the Department of Economic Development felt “uncomfortable,” which led to the Aldermen pulling their support. ”  What does this mean for the future of the SSA? This means West Town only has  SSA#29 for 2 more years before it expires. If the they want to reconstitute the West Town SSA, they will have to go through the reconstitution/expansion process again next year or in 2014.

The West Town Chamber Of Commerce is hosting a Community Leaders Summit on 11/29 and UVNA will be sending two officers to the meeting to help improve communications across community and business organizations in the West Town area.

Update:  St John’s Lutheran Church,  913 – 925 N. Hoyne Avenue, – Adaptive Re-Use proposal & Request for a Zoning Change

The officers and board had a meeting right before this meeting, with Preservation Chicago about the proposed development at St. John’ Lutheran Church.  According to recent information received from the developers,  the foundation of the school building is in worse shape than they initially expected, based on surveys recently completed by their engineers.  Because of the expense they estimate it would cost to resolved the problems, the developers now want to tear down the school and build four townhomes instead of converting the school into condos as was originally proposed.  We would like more information about the status of the land-marking of the property (in review),  as well as more information about the change in overall design and will reach out to Preservation Chicago and the developers for more information to share with our membership.

UPDATE:  One day after the UVNA meeting the UVNA President Paul Matwyshyn was notified that the developers have backed out of the project altogether.

Innjoy – Request for Late Hour License

Ukrainian Village neighbors living around Innjoy (2051 W. Division) have received letters notifying them of Innjoy’s request for a Late Hour License.

Businesses wishing to remain open beyond the legal closing time of 2:00 a.m. may obtain a Late Hour Liquor License. This license is required for the additional privilege to remain open and permit the sale of alcoholic liquor until 4:00 a.m., Monday-Saturday, and until 5:00 a.m. on Sunday. Businesses holding a Tavern, Packaged Goods, or Consumption on Premises-Incidental Activity license are permitted to apply for a late hour license

Requirements: Site Plan, Floor Plan, Late Hour Petition and related documents
Inspections Required: Local Liquor Control Commission
Fees: $6,000.00+$40.00 one time publication fee
Renewal: 2 Year

According to the City of Chicago if there are more than 50 registered voters residing within 500 ft of  the premises, the tavern must obtain and file a petition, signed by a majority of the legal voters registered within the 500 feet,  giving consent to the business to file the Late Hour License request. And then the application must be filed within 60 days of the date the petition was signed by the first legal voter.  Registered voters within 500 ft may also submit a petition in opposition to the license request.

If you are a registered voter within 500 feet of Innjoy, please be sure you read your certified letter and let the Alderman know your views on this situation.  The UVNA will be submitting our own letter to the Alderman in opposition to the Late Hour License Request.

CAPS Update 

There is no official date yet set as to when the 13th an 12th districts will move into their new building – could be as early as December 10th though,  CAPS will continue in some form, with a new name, as yet to be announced, and beats are being redrawn, as they consolidate the total # of beats between 12 and 13th districts. Beat #1312 which encompasses all of Ukrainian Village will be redrawn with a western boundary of  Campbell Street, and an Eastern boundary of Wood Street. Northern and southern boundaries will remain unchanged.

December UVNA Meeting

Our December meeting will be a holiday social meeting – feel free to invite your friends and neighbors from around Ukrainian Village and West Town.  We will announce the location shortly as soon as it is confirmed.

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